GIS Integration into Data-Drive Decisions for Law Enforcement
Track: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Authors: Carl Maupin
Traditional hotspot analysis and saturation patrols by police failed to stem an increase of property crime. Micro-hotspot analysis was used to identify one street segment driving crime in Leesburg, VA. This enabled police to develop a place based, proactive, and focused crime prevention treatment. This approach diffused, not dispersed, a regional crime trend and is responsible for reducing a sustained decrease of crime in Leesburg. Other agencies can benefit from a similar approach.