UK Police And Local Authorities Put Criminals On The Map

ESRI Crime Analyst software is helping crime prevention teams to pinpoint crime hotspots more effectively

22 September 2005, Aylesbury – The UK’s fight against crime is turning to computer based maps in order to pinpoint criminal behaviour more effectively. Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) in areas including West Midlands, Barking & Dagenham, Newcastle, Nottingham and South Yorkshire are now using a new software tool called Crime Analyst from ESRI (UK), to make data mapping and analysis a more mainstream weapon against criminal behaviour.

Crime Analyst helps crime fighting by:

  • Creating reliable crime maps of geographical areas in minutes rather than hours
  • Uncovering crime patterns, like journey to crime, repeat offences, time of crime and geographical hotspots.
  • Reducing the time taken to compare and link similar offences
Mark Patrick, head of Public Safety at ESRI (UK) said: “Crime Analyst is helping to make the UK a safer place by providing the police with intelligence more quickly so that they can respond to crime trends more effectively. While mapping has been an important crime fighting weapon for the police and local authorities for many years, creating statistical maps takes time which is a luxury that they cannot afford.”

South Yorkshire improves police resourcing

South Yorkshire Police has used Crime Analyst to map police attended incidents as part of its restructuring and re-allocation of resources across the county. Crime Analyst was used to examine 300,000 separate incidents and perform detailed analysis, such as locating incident hot spots, looking for related patterns, times and days of the week. This has helped South Yorkshire Police to more effectively restructure its resources, focusing on the highest areas, times and types of incident.

Gary Birchall, District Community Intelligence Analyst, explains that Crime Analyst provides a more intuitive interface to a standard Geographic Information System (GIS) with additional functionality specifically for crime analysis. “In a very short time Crime Analyst has become a cornerstone of our crime and anti-social behaviour improvement process. It enables us to uncover trends and patterns through complex analysis and overlaying of crime data with other information from our partners in local government.”

“Traditionally crime mapping has been labelled as a dark art, but Crime Analyst is a quantum leap forward in putting it at the heart of policing improvements. We no longer need to worry about the underlying data, which gives us more time to focus on improving our performance.”

Warwickshire tackles road traffic collisions

Warwickshire Police, has used Crime Analyst to understand and tackle the causes of road traffic collisions in the county. Phil Moore, the Data Analyst for the Road Safety Unit, explained that Crime Analyst's benefit was that detailed analysis of crime or casualty patterns could be achieved at the touch of a button using the system's specific functions, for example its Journey to crime, Repeat Victim or Temporal Clock tools.

"Crime Analyst enables us to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and more easily, providing meaningful intelligence which can be used to direct crime and casualty reduction interventions".

"We have used Crime Analyst to highlight when and where the most road collisions occurred, in order to tailor policing activity to the times and places it will provide the most benefit. In addition we focused on collisions involving two-wheel vehicles, for example to identify the most high risk routes in the county and locations of repeat incidents. We also used the system to highlight where people involved in accidents were travelling from in order to plan effective road safety education campaigns and identify gateways into the county and key routes where policing activity should be directed."

About ESRI (UK)

ESRI (UK) is part of the global ESRI network. With the single, largest pool of GIS expertise in the UK, the company is the technical authority on GIS. ESRI (UK) provides solutions, technology and services including off the shelf applications built on the ArcGIS software suite and an extensive range of consulting and training services.

Its offerings meet a range of business needs in different markets including Business, Local & Central Government, Public Safety, Utilities and Telecommunications, as well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the ESRI Developer Network.

ESRI (UK)’s customers include Nectar, South Staffordshire Housing Authority, Tower of London, The AA and Channel 4

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