Trends and Examples of Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping

Rachel Boba, Police Foundation

Crime analysis is the process of using data, technology, and analytical techniques to provide information that informs and assists crime control activity in law enforcement. Crime mapping is a process in which crime analysis techniques are used along with specific tools to analyze the prevalence and patterns of crime and other activity geographically. Technological advances in crime analysis and crime mapping as well as the focus on analyzing data for more effective policing and crime prevention have brought crime analysis and crime mapping to the center of law enforcement practice and policy. This paper will cover the current trends and selected examples of crime analysis and crime mapping in law enforcement, focusing on examples of tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysis. It will also include a critique of how select methods of spatial analysis are used by law enforcement professionals and researchers.

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Updated 05/20/2006