Mapping tool to help cops zero in on crime hotspots

Mapping tool to help cops zero in on crime hotspots


New Delhi, India, 21 December 2006 – Policemen in India’s major cities may soon get information regarding recorded crime along with the location, time of occurrence, type of weapons used and other details at the click of a mouse through a unique ‘crime mapping’ system.

The mapping, based on Geographic Information System, will provide a perspective of hotspots and areas prone to specific crimes and therefore can be used to take preventive measures.

Though police agencies in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram have been using customised GIS for data collection, its application is still in a rudimentary stage.

“The Centre, however, recently has asked states and Union Territories to use this tool which has been effective in the West due to its geographic reference capabilities,” said an official.

He said a pilot project to this effect would be launched for both rural and urban areas of Mangalore and Bangalore from January 1. ADG of Karnataka Police K Srinivasan said the system would help police take preventive measures such as deploying more forces in areas known for robberies during particular period of time or better streamlining of traffic to avoid accidents in areas identified as more prone to them.