The Source for Crime and Justice Data

CrimeMapTutorial Workbooks and Sample Data for ArcView and MapInfo, 2000 (ICPSR 3143)

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Summary:

CrimeMapTutorial is a step-by-step tutorial for learning crime mapping using ArcView GIS or MapInfo Professional GIS. It was designed to give users a thorough introduction to most of the knowledge and skills needed to produce daily maps and spatial data queries that uniformed officers and detectives find valuable for crime prevention and enforcement. The tutorials can be used either for self-learning or in a laboratory setting. The geographic information system (GIS) and police data were supplied by the Rochester, New York, Police Department. For each mapping software package, there are three PDF tutorial workbooks and one WinZip archive containing sample data and maps. Workbook 1 was designed for GIS users who want to learn how to use a crime-mapping GIS and how to generate maps and data queries. Workbook 2 was created to assist data preparers in processing police data for use in a GIS. This includes address-matching of police incidents to place them on pin maps and aggregating crime counts by areas (like car beats) to produce area or choropleth maps. Workbook 3 was designed for map makers who want to learn how to construct useful crime maps, given police data that have already been address-matched and preprocessed by data preparers. It is estimated that the three tutorials take approximately six hours to complete in total, including exercises.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via CrimeMapTutorial) for details on obtaining the data and documentation.

Study Description

Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (OJP-99-329-M)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   crime mapping, crime prevention, geographic information systems, instructional materials, law enforcement, police officers, police records, program evaluation

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Users will need to purchase and install ArcView GIS Version 3.x or MapInfo Professional 5.5 or higher in order to use these tutorials. The PC version of ArcView 3.x requires Microsoft Windows 95 or 98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000 as the operating system, at least 16 MB of RAM, and 57 MB of disk space for full installation, or 24 MB for compact installation. More information about obtaining and installing the software can be found at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Web site at http://www.esri.com/. The PC version of MapInfo 5.5 requires Microsoft Windows 95 or 98, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000 as the operating system, at least 32 MB of RAM, and 58 MB of disk space for software installation. More information about obtaining and installing this software can be found at the MapInfo Web site at http://www.MapInfo.com/. (2) CrimeMapTutorial is copyrighted by and is the property of Wilpen L. Gorr of Carnegie Mellon University. It is intended for use by law enforcement officers and staff and by educators. It can be distributed freely for use in law enforcement or related agencies or for educational purposes, but cannot be re-sold. Ed Wells, of GeoStrategic Solutions, is coauthor of the MapInfo version of CrimeMapTutorial.