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This volume shows how state-of-the-art geographic information systems (GIS), used to display patterns of crime to stimulate effective strategies and decision-making, are revolutionizing urban law enforcement. The contributors present expert information for understanding and successfully employing the latest technologies in this field.
Part I: Introduction: Operational Imperatives and Intellectual Cautionary Tales
Part I provides an overview of mapping and geographic information systems in crime analysis. The first two chapters are written by practitioners, and the latter two contributions are from academics. Combined, they seek to give readers a thorough background in the uses and vocabulary of crime mapping.
Chapter 1, by Philip Canter, outlines the type of data that need collecting and then categorizes several methods used to analyze spatial crime data. Canter makes important distinctions between tactical and strategic mapping. Tactical mapping is used for short-term operations, whereas strategic mapping addresses longer term policy planning. Canter also distinguishes between descriptive and analytic mapping. Canter points out that the types of data and the ...