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Mapping the Campus: Using GIS to Track Crime and Public Safety Concerns at a University

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As crime mapping continues to grow in use throughout American police departments, college campuses are beginning to take advantage of this technology. This study uses mapping techniques to track both crime and campus safety issues at a mid-sized state university. Each fall volunteers at California State University, Chico engage in a Moonlight Safety Walk where they detail issues such as improperly operating blue light phones, burned-out street lights, tripping hazards, overgrown brush, and low-level lighting. Researchers are now using GIS to track the findings from the past four Moonlight Walks, looking for common elements (such as needed lighting) that can be included in the university’s master plan for campus. In addition, this research uses University Police Department crime data to map incidents across campus in an effort to generate both hot spots and to assist the police department in formulating crime abatement strategies.
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Thomas, Matthew. and Patten, Ryan. "Mapping the Campus: Using GIS to Track Crime and Public Safety Concerns at a University" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372105_index.html>

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Thomas, M. and Patten, R. , 2009-11-04 "Mapping the Campus: Using GIS to Track Crime and Public Safety Concerns at a University" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372105_index.html

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Abstract: As crime mapping continues to grow in use throughout American police departments, college campuses are beginning to take advantage of this technology. This study uses mapping techniques to track both crime and campus safety issues at a mid-sized state university. Each fall volunteers at California State University, Chico engage in a Moonlight Safety Walk where they detail issues such as improperly operating blue light phones, burned-out street lights, tripping hazards, overgrown brush, and low-level lighting. Researchers are now using GIS to track the findings from the past four Moonlight Walks, looking for common elements (such as needed lighting) that can be included in the university’s master plan for campus. In addition, this research uses University Police Department crime data to map incidents across campus in an effort to generate both hot spots and to assist the police department in formulating crime abatement strategies.


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