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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (27 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470860995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470860991
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The growing potential of GIS for supporting policing and crimereduction is now being recognised by a broader community. GIS canbe employed at different levels to support operational policing,tactical crime mapping, detection, and wider–ranging strategicanalyses. With the use of GIS for crime mapping increasing, thisbook provides a definitive reference.

GIS and Crime Mapping provides essential information andreference material to support readers in developing andimplementing crime mapping. Relevant case studies help demonstratethe key principles, concepts and applications of crime mapping.

This book combines the topics of theoretical principles, GIS,analytical techniques, data processing solutions, informationsharing, problem–solving approaches, map design, and organisationalstructures for using crime mapping for policing and crimereduction. Delivered in an accessible style, topics are covered ina manner that underpins crime mapping use in the three broad areasof operations, tactics and strategy.

  • Provides a complete start–to–finish coverage of crime mapping,including theory, scientific methodologies, analysis techniques anddesign principles.
  • Includes a comprehensive presentation of crime mappingapplications for operational, tactical and strategic purposes.
  • Includes global case studies and examples to demonstrate goodpractice.
  • Co–authored by Spencer Chainey, a leading researcher andconsultant on GIS and crime mapping, and Jerry Ratcliffe, arenowned professor and former police officer.

This book is essential reading for crime analysts and otherprofessionals working in intelligence roles in law enforcement orcrime reduction, at the local, regional and national governmentlevels.  It is also an excellent reference for undergraduateand Masters students taking courses in GIS, Geomatics, CrimeMapping, Crime Science, Criminal Justice and Criminology.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ash on 24 May 2009
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Whilst I hate to use a cliche such as "If you only ever buy one crime mapping book; make it this one", such a cliche is entirely appropriate. As a relatively recent overview of crime mapping you really can't go wrong with this book. Both authors are experts in the field, and this shines through in the quality of the book. Whilst it does certainly get a bit geeky in places, it's never overwhelming.

Frankly, this book should be a set text for all crime analysts, as well as anyone else that may have an interest in the subject.
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A Good Introduction to the State of the Art 19 Aug. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Crime definitely has a geographic component. The crime happens at a place with a geographical location, and the criminal must have come from some place (home, school, work) to get to the crime site, and he must have gone somewhere afterward. As early as the 1930, the 'Chicago School' began analyzing crime by sticking pins into maps on walls. By the 1970's sociologists began researching more deeply into 'mapping crime.'

Beginning in the 1960's Graphical Information Systems began to be developed for various applications, and was given a big boost by space based imagery systems.

In recent years the dramatic reduction in the price of computer processing power and the understanding of how crime mapping can be used to predict/prevent/solve crimes.

In the last very few years many of the major technical/social problems in crime mapping have been either solved or great strides have been made in finding a solution.

This book presents the state of the art in using GIS for Crime Mapping. It starts most chapters with tutorials devoted to some particular aspect, and concludes most chapters with a case study illustrating where these techniques are actually in use.

This book is a general, overall introduction to GIS and Crime Mapping. It will be of use to departmental officials and to academics beginning to work in this area. It is well written, well researched and up to date (Published: July 22, 2005).
Provides the Best Overall Coverage of the Subject 11 Feb. 2012
By Mark R. Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't be misled by this book's publication date of 2005 -- its coverage and contents are excellent and it is the best of all the books currently available. It provides an excellent overview and examines the terrain of GIS and crime mapping, and the many case studies throughout are still good. Chainey is British and Ratcliffe is a former London police officer turned academic, currently at Temple Univerity in Philadelphia. The case studies are drawn from both the United Kingdom and the United States. Perhaps the book's one weakness (slight) is that it is essentially a textbook with no hands-on exercises and data as is the case with several other books on this subject.

Many dozens of software packages are used for crime mapping though most are quite specialized -- I used MapInfo during my stint as a crime analyst and it is still used around the country. The dominant software today is ESRI's ArcGIS. In fact, simple searching on the web reveals that some academic courses around the country do require Chainey and Ratcliffe's "GIS and Crime Mapping" but pair it with Rachel Boba Santos' "Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping." Chainey and Ratcliffe's references to mapping software packages are nearly a decade out of date. Despite these minor issues the authors know their material and have produced an excellent book.

However, if you were to buy just one book on crime mapping then the two others for you to consider are:

"Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping" by Rachel Boba Santos (Sage, 3rd edition, February 2012) covers similar content, though not as deftly, but with plenty of examples.

Wilpen Gorr and Kristen Kurland have "GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis" (ESRI Press, 2012), and you may also download a trial version of ArcGIS 10 (the current version) from the ESRI website.

All of these are good books but if you were to buy just one and you want to get the hands-on knowledge as quickly as possible then the Gorr and Kurland book is the one to get. But buy both Chainey & Ratcliffe and Gorr & Kurland if you can afford it.
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Good information 6 April 2007
By Joseph G. Langlois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good information but you have to be careful becasue it bounces between kilometers and miles, from chapter to chapter. However overall it is a good source of information but I also noticed it missed a few dates: for example when the Crime Buffer was first theorized, it tells you who theorized it but not an approximate date of whe.
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