Aylesbury, UK, April 24, 2008: ESRI (UK), the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), has launched CrimeAnalyst version 1.5, a GIS software solution for mapping, analysing and sharing crime data, with quicker “hotspotting” analysis and large dataset workflow.
Widely used by UK police forces, including South Yorkshire and Leicestershire Police, CrimeAnalyst is built on ESRI ArcGIS GIS technology, helping police forces collect, combine, visualise, analyse, and share crime information in real-time, and goes beyond traditional crime “hotspotting” software to deliver in-depth, live location-based intelligence.
The software enables South Yorkshire police force analysts to produce the latest neighbourhood specific crime trends against high level resource allocation data for example, while also updating its mapping data every two weeks in line with the UK’s National Intelligence Model (NIM) framework.
CrimeAnalyst 1.5 has been released to further improve ease of use including:
In a recent CrimeAnalyst user survey, over 75 per cent of respondents estimated they were saving up to five hours per week on crime data analysis using the system – a potential time saving of up to 6 weeks per analyst per year.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Jones from the Leicestershire Constabulary said: “Because we have good quality, reliable information at our fingertips, we can direct our police resources to precisely the areas where they are most needed. This enables us to save valuable time and improve our overall effectiveness in disrupting the activities of crime networks and preventing crime.”
Rick Naylor, specialist consultant in Policing and Community Safety, commented: “Tools such as CrimeAnalyst are helping forces make better use of the wide range of disparate, real time data now at their disposal, more quickly and easily than before. It all counts towards meeting their objectives for reducing risk, fear and harm”