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Indian city to track crime via GIS

India: The Chandigarh police plan to turn to technology to gain an upper hand over criminals and check crimes. They will improve surveillance with the introduction of the GIS technology. In a bid to check crimes against women, areas most prone to sexual harassment are being identified for stepped up security through the system.

Police said in phase one of the drive to prepare a record of accident prone areas, the GIS system will depend on the already maintained record of the police control room. According to this record, sensitive areas include places around educational institutes, bus stands, bus stops and markets.

The GIS system will also maintain a record of areas prone to crimes like vehicle lifting, snatchings, robberies, fatal road accidents and burglaries, among others. Officiating IG (UT) Alok Kumar said, “The GIS system is being introduced to improve basic policing in the city. With this, it will be easy for policemen working on the ground level to prepare themselves according to challenges of particular areas.”

A private firm has already been given the task for compiling data for the system.

Source: TOI