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TN cops to get GIS to fight crime March 6, 2009

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in Calismalar (Studies), English, Haber (News).
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From keeping tabs on the elderly to transmitting information about fleeing criminals, the suburban police are planning to use a geographical information system (GIS) to crack down on crime in their jurisdiction.

While civic bodies in the state are going the GIS way to keep track of utilities, the police have adopted the technology on a trial basis to fight crime. They will identify crime-prone areas, map them and devise preventive techniques and action. Trials began two months ago and the system should go live within six months as the police are still gathering information on the area and its residents.

Information based on GIS will be available on the website, chennaisuburbanpolice.com. The portal will have a detailed satellite map of the suburbs with the main roads and bylanes. Around 39 localities from Madhavaram to Nasarathpet have been mapped in satellite and hybrid format.

Police have now started gathering information about elderly people in the locality and vulnerable and crime-prone spots, all of which will be incorporated into the map. The idea was born after going through the functioning of various foreign law enforcing agencies.

“The system will help prevent crime. We can track offenders more effectively as we will know every nook and corner of the area. A police official in the station can guide his colleagues over the phone about which direction to move and possible spots where criminals can hide,” said a police official.

If the police official runs a search for old persons in a locality, the total number of elders will be displayed on the screen. This would help them intensify patrolling in the area and estimate the number of personnel needed.

Another advantage is that if there is a call from a particular street, the official in the station can see the map and find the shortest route to reach the spot.

“We have given the work to the technical staff of our force. Even locked houses can be marked on the map. Possible routes of escape for criminals can also be judged by looking at the map,” said a police official.

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