Mapping Smoking Violations on a College Campus: Implications for Prevention

Recent research has begun to use GIS to map the relationship between alcohol outlets and unwanted behavior in college communities, such as car accidents, violence, and overall crime. Such geographic analysis has been able to illustrate how problems cluster in space and time, which can aid campus police departments in preventing such incidents in or around campuses through proactive policing and other policy changes.

CPTED and Crime Analysis

The rise of the family of “place-based” crime prevention strategies, including Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Defensible Space), environmental criminology, and Situational Crime Prevention set a predicate for the evolution of modern GIS crime mapping, the use of GPS in crime scene forensics, Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), and related digital systems that locate and predict crime and the pathways of crime.

Lumen: Leveraging Unstructured Data to Enhance Crime Analysis

Police records contain an enormous amount of unstructured data. And yet, crime analysis to date focuses almost exclusively on information that is not found in a narrative but rather in structured data. Through hybrid enterprise search/structured search and analytics tools , analysts can create products that exploit the value of unstructured data in combination with the rich structured data they already use every day.

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