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NCJ Number: NCJ 212264     Find in a Library
Title: Predicting a Criminal's Journey to Crime
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  Editor(s): Dan Tomkins
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Issue:253  Dated:January 2006  Pages:10 to 13
Date Published: 01/2006
Page Count: 4
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article overviews and critiques computer models for solving crimes.
Abstract: While no single police technique will produce successful results every time, computer programs for solving crimes enhance traditional police work by identifying factors for consideration during an investigation. Police departments across the country are adding computer programs to their crime fighting arsenals. One of the oldest programs available uses a computer package to analyze crime patterns geographically, which can pinpoint the area where an offender most likely lives. Another computer program, CrimeStat, was developed under a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and is a spatial statistics program designed to analyze crime incident locations through the use of geographical information about crimes. CrimeStat offers a journey-to-crime module that makes statistical guesses concerning where the offender likely lives and is based on the theory that most crimes are committed close to home. In terms of the effectiveness of crime solving computer programs, it is generally agreed that the programs can help guide traditional police work, but are not a substitute for old-fashioned police investigation techniques. Note
Main Term(s): Computer software ; Computer aided investigations
Index Term(s): Science and Technology ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Geographic information systems (GIS)
Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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