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İstanbul police use ‘crime maps’ to fight crime March 19, 2012

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in Calismalar (Studies), English, Haber (News).
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The use for the last six months of a “crime mapping” system has enabled the İstanbul police to be more effective in dealing with the city’s crime.
Crime mapping is a system that is used to map, visualize and analyze crime incident patterns. Thanks to this new system, the İstanbul police can spot where and when crime incidents are concentrated in the city and devise strategies to deal with the crime more efficiently.

The İstanbul Crime Analysis Project (İSHAP) was launched in 2011 by the İstanbul Police Department’s Public Security Branch Office, and it is the first in Turkey. The crime analysts from the police department’s Crime Analysis Bureau place crime data from all 39 districts of İstanbul into crime maps with the help of advanced computer programs to identify crime hot spots, along with other trends and patterns.

In the last six months, 2,500 crime maps have been created by the analysts, leading to a decrease in İstanbul’s crime rates. Since the system launched, robbery has decreased by 1 percent, automobile theft incidents have decreased by 13 percent and pick-pocketing has decreased by 30 percent.

İstanbul Police Department’s Public Security Branch Office Deputy Manager Ahmet Sürel told Today’s Zaman that the crime analysts are able to very precisely analyze crime incidents and prepare these crime maps, which aids İstanbul police in dealing with and preventing crime.