Pitney Bowes Business Insight Launches MapInfo Crime Profiler

In recent years, crime analysis and mapping has become an essential tool for effective law enforcement not only to aid detection rates, but also to support operational efficiency and effectiveness, management reporting and other enterprise-wide tasks. MapInfo Crime Profiler automates much of the statistical legwork that sits behind crime analysis and visualisation, allowing users to perform sophisticated analyses more quickly and easily through an intuitive dashboard interface. MapInfo Crime Profiler is expected to play a major role in helping improve policing effectiveness in the UK. Three UK police forces have already invested in the solution.

In its latest report on the use of geographical information in the public sector, the UK's Department for Communities and Local Government has highlighted the urgent need for automation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of crucial analytical output. The report notes that: "Current users of geographic information spend 80 per cent of their time collating and managing the information and only 20 per cent analysing it to solve problems and generate benefits. We need to address this imbalance." This comment reveals the huge potential efficiency gains possible with a tool such as MapInfo Crime Profiler.

Analysing patterns of crime from a wide variety of different perspectives helps to direct law enforcement efforts where they can be most effective. However, these patterns are in a constant state of flux, and the professional crime analyst often has to explore a number of different data combinations, scenarios and geographical aspects in order to provide law enforcement teams with the intelligence they need to be operationally effective.

MapInfo Crime Profiler therefore removes the need for analysts to devote a substantial proportion of their efforts to time-consuming statistical manipulation, such as creating macros or pivot tables in SPSS or MS Excel. Instead, these tasks are automated through a dashboard interface. Pilot studies have shown that analyst efficiency can be dramatically improved using MapInfo Crime Profiler. The new solution allows the analyst to choose automated options including:
Multiple real-time hotspotting options and kernal density visualisation;
Integrated 3D imagery including CCTV footage;
User-specified temporal analysis (contrasting day/night or other time profiles);
Automatic graphing and mapping creation, linking and updates;
Automated data, table and workspace utilities.

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