According to the Seattle Times, there’s a new superhero in crime-fighting town: GIS.
By taking down copious amounts of information and providing it to police officers, Seattle crime analysts are hoping to establish patterns that can help cops get one step ahead of criminals.
The Times writes:
“’We can analyze historical data to see a trend. We can evaluate if this is part of a normal trend or an anomalous situation,’ [GIS Analyst Brandon] Bouier said, as he sat behind one of the center’s computer terminals on Tuesday. ‘By virtue of seeing all of this information at once, there is a way to tie things together.’”
One example provided is that of a home burglary. Say a 911 call reports a burglarized home. The GIS analysts can then bring up all burglary calls within a certain radius over a certain time period and see if there’s a pattern. They can also track any suspicious people or cars seen, which could help bring them closer to a suspect.
We’ve already covered how GIS can help fight crime, but this is one city that’s taken their system to a whole new level by actively using it with every 911 call.