Burgulary mapping

​Making sure that all residents feel safe within their place of
residence is a service that a Police Department takes satisfaction in
providing. The act of fighting burglary crime can be categorized as a
part of providing this important service. The Police Department for
Village of Morton Grove decided that to be able to analyze when
burglaries were happening as well as where they were happening might
help to establish a trend in crime activity. Moreover, being able to
identify a trend in burglaries would give the Police Department a better
idea on how to fight it. This is where the Police Department decided
to enlist the services of the Geographical Information Services (GIS)
Department in order to help them map out where these burglaries were
occurring.

When a burglary or attempted burglary occurs within the Village of
Morton Grove it is first recorded by police officer on duty and
transferred to a spreadsheet that can be submitted to the GIS
Department. The main identifier that allows the GIS Department to map
out these burglary locations is the address that is initially recorded
by the police officer. The recorded addresses entered into the
spreadsheet also include the date and time of the incident, as well as
if the burglary occurred to a residence or a commercial property or was
only an attempted burglary. Having these attributes would eventually
provide more information to the visual component once it is mapped out
by representing each incident based on its specific characteristics.
This in turn would allow the Police Department to analyze where the most
crime was occurring.

By using the tools located within the GIS, the addresses that were
recorded for each burglary incident could easily be assigned a
geographical based on a process called geocoding. Geocoding is an
operation that searches a street centerline data layer and locates where
an address falls on a particular street within a specific block. Once
these addresses are located, they are then placed on a map in order to
analyze where the most incidents occur. In addition to plotting the
burglary locations by the month, the village decided that an added
benefit would come by mapping out these incidents per year. This type
of analysis has allowed the Police Department to locate the most
problematic areas of town and decide what type of action they would want
to take in order to prevent future burglaries from happening.

Since the inception of this project, the analysis has been performed
every three months and all maps are submitted to the Police Department
immediately. All in all, it is easy to see how taking data from a
simple spreadsheet and using it within GIS has converted a simple
recording project into an analysis tool that the village can ultimately
use in order to continue provide their residents with the service of
safety.

Burgulary mapping

​Making sure that all residents feel safe within their place of
residence is a service that a Police Department takes satisfaction in
providing. The act of fighting burglary crime can be categorized as a
part of providing this important service. The Police Department for
Village of Morton Grove decided that to be able to analyze when
burglaries were happening as well as where they were happening might
help to establish a trend in crime activity. Moreover, being able to
identify a trend in burglaries would give the Police Department a better
idea on how to fight it. This is where the Police Department decided
to enlist the services of the Geographical Information Services (GIS)
Department in order to help them map out where these burglaries were
occurring.

When a burglary or attempted burglary occurs within the Village of
Morton Grove it is first recorded by police officer on duty and
transferred to a spreadsheet that can be submitted to the GIS
Department. The main identifier that allows the GIS Department to map
out these burglary locations is the address that is initially recorded
by the police officer. The recorded addresses entered into the
spreadsheet also include the date and time of the incident, as well as
if the burglary occurred to a residence or a commercial property or was
only an attempted burglary. Having these attributes would eventually
provide more information to the visual component once it is mapped out
by representing each incident based on its specific characteristics.
This in turn would allow the Police Department to analyze where the most
crime was occurring.

By using the tools located within the GIS, the addresses that were
recorded for each burglary incident could easily be assigned a
geographical based on a process called geocoding. Geocoding is an
operation that searches a street centerline data layer and locates where
an address falls on a particular street within a specific block. Once
these addresses are located, they are then placed on a map in order to
analyze where the most incidents occur. In addition to plotting the
burglary locations by the month, the village decided that an added
benefit would come by mapping out these incidents per year. This type
of analysis has allowed the Police Department to locate the most
problematic areas of town and decide what type of action they would want
to take in order to prevent future burglaries from happening.

Since the inception of this project, the analysis has been performed
every three months and all maps are submitted to the Police Department
immediately. All in all, it is easy to see how taking data from a
simple spreadsheet and using it within GIS has converted a simple
recording project into an analysis tool that the village can ultimately
use in order to continue provide their residents with the service of
safety.