Editor’s Note

Greetings everyone! And welcome to the summer issue of the Crime Mapping & Analysis News…

Letter from IACA President

2015 has been a very busy and exciting year for the International Association of Crime Analysts. We have been working hard at collaborating with our partners to share in the efforts of expanding crime analysis across the country…

Role of Mapping Technology for Locating Missing Children

The Florida woman was frantic: her 8-year-old grandson was missing again. Like nearly half of children with autism, her grandson was prone to wandering and could be in danger. Her local sheriff’s office responded quickly, calling on 11 agencies to help search for the child using bloodhounds, ATVs, and helicopters. A call was made to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the leading nonprofit organization working with law enforcement on issues of missing and exploited children, at its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters requesting immediate assistance…

Ripeness and Hot Spots in Time: Possible Futures in Micro Place-Based Policing

Place-based policing is known to help decrease crimes. The theory is that specific areas have properties that make them more attractive for specific types of crimes. Areas of a city with a high concentration of apartment complexes are where large numbers of cars can be found, many without sufficient management or guardians. These complexes can be hot spots for auto-related crime…

CrimeStat IV

CrimeStat IV was released early in 2014 and has been updated several times. Funded by the Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety program at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), CrimeStat IV is a stand-alone spatial statistics program for the analysis of incident locations. It was developed by Ned Levine & Associates from research grants by the NIJ. The NIJ is the sole distributor of CrimeStat and makes it available for free to law enforcement and criminal justice analysts, educators, and researchers…

In the News

Baltimore Crime Data Shows Violent Crime Up while Arrests are down. A review of crime data from Baltimore a month after the April riots shows that violent crime is up, but it is vital to consider the data in the context of total crime and over longer periods…

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