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Crime Mapping Case Studies: Successes in the Field, Volume 2

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Nancy G. LaVigne, Julie Wartell
Date Published
149 pages
The purpose of this volume is to disseminate examples representing best practices of Geographic Information System (GIS) use in criminal justice.
Submissions were carefully screened for both quality of presentation and permit, and successful submissions demonstrated a measurable impact on criminal justice outcomes or practices. From applications that involve creating maps to assess the impact of a drug crackdown to selecting sites for street closed circuit televisions, GIS is demonstrated as a valuable analytical tool. Examples are cited of how GIS can be used to predict the likely time and location of a serial offender's next crime, determine optimum locations for checkpoints to prevent construction site theft, and direct police resources to achieve the greatest possible impact on gun violence. In addition, GIS applications are described that focus on campus crime reduction through high-definition mapping, environmental design and neighborhood problem-solving, Neighborhood Watch programs, breaking alibis through cell phone mapping, crime series analysis to apprehend violent robbers, prediction of residential burglaries, gang prevention, police redistricting, sex offender registrant compliance, and civil gang injunction enforcement. Figures