Helping Police Analyze Crimes

​Crime happens. Crimes are committed randomly, deliberately, while
others are just crimes of opportunity. The Village of Skokie’s Police
Department has been using Geographic Information System (GIS) to better
understand where and when crimes are committed. By using geographic
analysis, the Police Department can identify hotspots of criminal
activity.

Geographic analysis of crimes helps the police department classify
and patrol certain areas that generally have more crime. By mapping
crimes the police can visually see clusters of like offenses. Skokie
also has a tool in the Police Department that bridges the gap between
the Crime database and mapping by creating a file that is easily used in
the Village’s GIS, already populated with crimes. This eliminates time
needed for the GIS Specialist or Police Department to format a
spreadsheet of crimes to be used in the mapping process. Streamlining
the process enables the police to use the most current data while using
the least amount of time to accomplish their goal.

In the end, mapping and analyzing crimes helps the police better
understand what goes on in the community. By finding clusters and
hotspots, the police can patrol higher risk areas to better deter
criminal activity.

Helping Police Analyze Crimes

​Crime happens. Crimes are committed randomly, deliberately, while
others are just crimes of opportunity. The Village of Skokie’s Police
Department has been using Geographic Information System (GIS) to better
understand where and when crimes are committed. By using geographic
analysis, the Police Department can identify hotspots of criminal
activity.

Geographic analysis of crimes helps the police department classify
and patrol certain areas that generally have more crime. By mapping
crimes the police can visually see clusters of like offenses. Skokie
also has a tool in the Police Department that bridges the gap between
the Crime database and mapping by creating a file that is easily used in
the Village’s GIS, already populated with crimes. This eliminates time
needed for the GIS Specialist or Police Department to format a
spreadsheet of crimes to be used in the mapping process. Streamlining
the process enables the police to use the most current data while using
the least amount of time to accomplish their goal.

In the end, mapping and analyzing crimes helps the police better
understand what goes on in the community. By finding clusters and
hotspots, the police can patrol higher risk areas to better deter
criminal activity.