Fundamentals of Crime Mapping walks readers through the research, theories, and history of GIS in law enforcement. This accessible text explains the day-to-day practical application of crime analysis for mapping. Factual data from real crime analysis is included to reflect actual crime patterns, trends, series and what an officer or analyst can expect to see when he or she sits down to analyze and apply concepts learned. Special topics discussed include: an up-to-date discussion of the current crime trends in rural and urban areas, the major ecological theories of crime, the notion of geographic profiling, empirical research using crime mapping tools, basic mapping terminology, and more.
- Provides jargon-free language, over 30 practical exercises, and a large assortment of varied data that can be used for additional exercises to maximize reader comprehension.
- Packaged with a DVD that contains every chapter exercise along with full-color screenshots and images.
- Contains a tutorial on the basics of using MS Excel 2003 for specific crime analysis applications as an addendum for those who are unfamiliar with MS Excel.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Crime Mapping
Chapter 2 Social Disorganization and Social Efficacy
Chapter 3 Environmental Criminology
Chapter 4 Geography and Individual Decision-Making: Victims and Offenders
Section II Research and Crime Data
Chapter 5 Research and Applications in Crime Mapping
Chapter 6 Crime Mapping and Analysis Data
Chapter 7 People and Places: Current Crime Trends
Section III Statistics and Analyses
Chapter 8 A Brief Review of Statistics
Chapter 9 Distance Analysis
Chapter 10 Hot Spot Analysis
Section IV Mapping for your Audience and Future Issues
Chapter 11 Mapping for your Audience
Chapter 12 Future Issues in Crime Mapping