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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.

Chapter 5: Finding Crime Hot Spots through Repeat Address Mapping

Finding Crime Hot Spots through Repeat Address Mapping
Finding crime hot spots through repeat address mapping
John E.Eck
Jeffrey S.Gersh
CharleneTaylor
Authors' Note: All of the tables and figures to which this chapter refers can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.urbanresearch.org

For most police applications, the mapping technique of choice is the plotting of crime sites on a base map. Computers have made this task less labor-intensive and more flexible than in the past, but these are still spot maps. The reasons for their continued utility are many: They are easy to make, they do not require mathematical calculations, and most audiences find them easy to interpret. In short, computer spot maps are useful because they are flexible and people understand them. We should not expect to ...

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