Crime Mapping

Crime mapping involves the use of geographically referenced data to understand the distribution of crime and other phenomena across the environment. The goal of examining spatial characteristics is to determine relationships between crime and other factors that contribute to its presence. Crime mapping has been a driving force behind the development of many criminological and policing theories. Its history and application reveal the powerful influence that mapping has had to transform the way crime is understood and examined.

Evolution of Crime Mapping: From Rough Macro to Detailed Microanalysis

The oldest known crime maps were created in Europe as early as the 1820s. Adriano Balbi and André-Michel Guerry, for example, studied the relationship between education and crime across regions in France in 1829. The practice spread to other ...

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