The use of GIS and spatial analysis has become an important tool in understanding crime patterns.
A new study by researchers at Sam Houston State University found that the use of GIS is widespread in analyzing crime data but that almost no studies have been done to determine if using spatial analysis is an effective tool in reducing crime rates. “Geographic Information System Effects on Policing Efficacy: […]
Heat mapping, from a geographic perspective, is a method of showing the geographic clustering of a phenomenon. Sometimes also referred as hot spot mapping, heat maps show locations of higher densities of geographic entities (although hot spot analysis tends to be used to show statistically significant patterns: more about the difference between heat […]
The Los Angeles Police Department’s attempts at providing public mapping has not been without its issues and embarrassments. Chronicled here are the various issues and advances with mapping crime in Los Angeles. 1,380 Crimes At One Point September 20, 2008: The Los Angeles Times highlighted the distortion caused by geocoding […]
A survey of more than a hundred retired police officials has raised some questions about the accuracy of crime reporting in New York: “The retired members of the force reported that they were aware over the years of instances of “ethically inappropriate” changes to complaints of crimes in the seven […]
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is warning that the recent launch of the national United Kingdom online crime mapping publication could result in a reduction in housing values for some neighborhoods in England and Wales. A spokesman for RICS said, “Whilst RICS fully supports efforts by the government […]