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NCJ Number: NCJ 224651     Find in a Library
Title: Use of Geographic Information Systems by Crime Analysts in England and Wales
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Ruth Weir ; Mark Bangs
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: Findings are presented from a survey of crime analysts to assess the extent to which Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are being used across the crime analysis community in England and Wales.
Abstract: Highlights of findings include the following: (1) the large majority of crime analysts surveyed used GIS in their crime analysis; (2) concerns were expressed over the adequacy of resources in the area of GIS training; (3) GIS tends to be used extensively for descriptive analysis and to a lesser extent for problem-solving; (4) analysts reported that the majority of their problem-solving crime mapping work focused on descriptive analysis of crime patterns, and they were less involved in explanatory GIS analysis; (5) the quality of data available for mapping was also a concern, with just over one-third of respondents indicating that available data were either insufficient or very poor; and (6) the impact of GIS analyses varied between different organizations. The application of GIS and crime mapping techniques is widespread in police forces and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) in England and Wales. Figures, tables, and references
Main Term(s): Geographic information systems (GIS)
Index Term(s): Geographic distribution of crime ; Crime prediction ; Crime analysis ; Police crime analysis training ; Automated crime analysis ; Demographic analysis of crime ; England ; Wales
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Room 201
50 Queen Anne's Gate
Information and Publications Group
London, SW1H 9AT, United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Note: Home Office Online Report 03/07; downloaded November 11, 2008.
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