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An Introduction to GIS

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One of the analytical techniques most synonymous with the profession of crime analysis is crime mapping. In this chapter, practising analyst Captain Jonas Baughman describes the development of crime mapping and the fundamental principles that all crime analysts, new and old, need to come to terms with to master this important technique. The chapter discusses common mistakes in the presentation of maps and accounts of how to refine and improve any mapping product. Examples of various mapping products are also provided to illustrate how analysts can implement different mapping techniques and methodologies. Concise explanations about each example are included to enhance understanding about not only how a given map is made but how the data can be interpreted and put to use.

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    See https://cityprotect.com

  2. 2.

    https://communitycrimemap.com

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Baughman, C.J. (2022). An Introduction to GIS. In: Bland, M., Ariel, B., Ridgeon, N. (eds) The Crime Analyst's Companion. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94364-6_9

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