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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.

Filters, Fears, and Photos: Speculations and Explorations in the Geography of Crime
Filters, fears, and photos: Speculations and explorations in the geography of crime
Author's 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

Crime patterns may be analyzed by specialists in several disciplines, and the most powerful methods for one area of study may not be particularly useful for another. Historians, for example, focus on longitudinal trends and changes in social dynamics behind the changes. Sociologists, who examine processes and relationships in the hope of teasing out causes of particular types of crime, focus on different factors than do criminologists. Each discipline has its own perspective, and the tools used for achieving that ...

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