Chapter 4: Mapping Crime and Geographic Information Systems

Chapter 4 has explained:

  • The impact GIS has had on crime mapping.

  • How GIS is used in law enforcement agencies.

  • How GIS affects what we can do and how we do it.

  • The difference between vector and raster formats.

  • What geocoding is.

  • How we can filter data and make useful maps according to specific criteria.

  • How GIS can be used to measure information on maps.

  • The meaning of derivative measures and how they are created and used.

  • What hot spots are and how they are defined, measured, and mapped.

  • What buffering is in the context of GIS.

  • How large databases can help with mapping and analysis.

  • What data warehousing and data mining are.

  • Some factors that demand the exercise of caution in the mapping process.

What's Next in Chapter 5?

  • Current events in crime mapping.
  • How to apply analytical crime mapping.
  • Criminal intellegence.
  • Crime prevention.
  • Courts and corrections.
  • Public information.
  • Resource allocation and planning.
  • Census geography and analysis.
  • Crime mapping applications and improved effectiveness.

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