Chapter 3: Maps That Speak to the Issues

This chapter discusses how map designs can address specific issues and audiences. The underlying assumption that "one map fits all" is inadequate because each audience has its own perspective on crime and how it can be prevented or controlled. Community leaders may have the latest notorious incident on their minds. Policymakers may be concerned about how to trim $1 million-$2 million from their budgets while making the community safer. Members of the court and corrections communities may be concerned with overloaded systems, overcrowding, and the ramifications of releasing offenders early. Investigators may need tools to help them organize place-related facts and processes. Police managers often worry about accountability, resource allocation, displacement problems, and the implications of demographic change. On the front lines where patrol and community officers operate, community information is a core resource rarely available in sufficient quantity or quality.

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Mapping Crime: Principle and Practice, by Keith Harries, Ph.D., December 1999