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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Crime mapping with PBBI’s MapInfo Crime Profiler

November 1st, 2011 by Susan Smith

Ian Broadbent, Principal Product Manager Global Public Safety Solutions at Pitney Bowes Business Insight, spoke to GISVoice recently about PBBI’s MapInfo Crime Profiler designed to address various types of crimes and to approach crime-fighting for major metropolitan police forces with an intelligent solution.

Accident Hot Spots

GISVoice: It looks like the Crime Profiler is scalable to different types of crimes – from residence to terrorist. Can you speak to that and describe how that scalability is in effect?

Ian Broadbent: The solution’s mapping capabilities can display anything from where accidents are most common to where criminal activity is most likely to occur. The ability to identify these hotspots and, consequently, pinpoint possible causes and suspects, allows police forces to take preemptive measures and prepare for “what if” situations in any scenario.

Parking Lot Crime

GISVoice: What types of cables are being stolen?

Ian Broadbent: Signaling cables from the rail networks throughout Britain – they are stolen because they contain copper wiring which has a high scrap value.

GISVoice: Does the Profiler help diminish the number of police needed to fight crime or are they just differently deployed?

Ian Broadbent: Crime Profiler helps put the right officers in the right place to reduce or detect crime, enabling a more Intelligence led approach and the most effective deployment of resources.

GISVoice: Is the Crime Profiler a new product or is this a new version of an existing product?

Ian Broadbent: Crime Profiler is a new product and version 2 is due to be released early 2012.

What is interactive hot spot map creation?

Ian Broadbent: This allows users to identify Clusters of crimes, enabling resources to be deployed more effectively.

GISVoice: Is this visualized on a large board or display that is interactive?

Ian Broadbent:
The solution offers a mapping functionality that allows you to work with map data in a wide variety of formats and types, offering highly visual and interactive charting and graphing capabilities. Users are also able to instantly see how different settings change the representation of data using interactive hotspot map creation.

GISVoice: Does this solution allow other peripheral members of the police force to interact with it as needed and how?

Ian Broadbent: Absolutely, crime analysts and police officers are able to build links and share intelligence with police forces and other partners across different areas.

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