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ESRI (UK) Launches New Version of CrimeAnalyst

ESRI (UK) has just launched the latest version of CrimeAnalyst, a complete Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis software package for policing and crime prevention. Developed with direct feedback from users, CrimeAnalyst 2.0 enables analysts to manage the increasing demands placed upon them by automating routine tasks and providing new powerful tools that allow them to conduct more in-depth analysis.

The latest release builds on the strong track record of CrimeAnalyst which is now used by police, public safety and national security organisations across the UK and in 16 other countries. Studies have shown that CrimeAnalyst saves users an average of up to five hours a week freeing time to conduct more in-depth analysis which informs decision making and resource planning.

Daran Scarlett, Industry marketing manager for ESRI (UK), comments:

-Analysts are being called upon to inform critical decision making in an expanding range of areas such as crime and disorder, contingency planning and counter terrorism. In a climate where additional resourcing is unlikely, meeting these demands on their time and resources is a major challenge. CrimeAnalyst 2.0 has been developed to provide users with more of the time and the tools they need to achieve their goals and targets.”

Saving time and increasing consistency

New for this release, CrimeAnalyst 2.0 now automates routine tasks by allowing analytical models to be easily created, saved and shared with colleagues to save time, reduce workloads and ensure consistency. These models can be scheduled to run at set times, ensuring assessments are delivered as and when required to those who need them, increasing their value operationally.

Understanding when as well as where

CrimeAnalyst already allows police forces to visualise crimes and incidents by time of day and day of week. CrimeAnalyst 2.0 takes this one step further with a new Seasonal Analysis capability, which enables users to visualise how patterns of crime change throughout the year or from one season to another. For example, this can be important for better understanding crime patterns within University towns that experience seasonal fluctuations in population, or to help inform road traffic policing strategies, drawing on seasonal weather data.
More insight into repeat patterns

Also new to CrimeAnalyst 2.0 is a feature which clearly communicates the extent of a particular crime occurring at the same location, for example a building continually being used for drug dealing. By clearly indicating and numbering the extent of repetition, this enables police resources to be concentrated where they will have most effect.

Exploit third party data and software

CrimeAnalyst 2.0 runs on ESRI’s ArcGIS platform which provides users with the ability to consume many commercial datasets which add value to their analysis, such as census information, 3D landscape and aerial imagery, including seamless free access to Microsoft Bing Maps base mapping. Users can also link to and exploit the functionality within other analytical packages, such as i2’s Analyst Notebook and SPSS data mining software.

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