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AS a crime analyst you need to establish a few maps that would help police to do targeted patrols, I've given data of suburbs, roads, incidents, boundaries. How can I establish patterns, hotspots and clusters?

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What software suite do you want to use? Also, your question is pretty broad in scope; can you make it more specific and indicate what research you have done? – Paul Jul 27 '13 at 18:23
Is this a question from homework or schoolwork? It's okay if so, but it is best to identify it as such. – user3461 Jul 27 '13 at 19:28
For a little background to make yor question better.. Search heat map here and other places – Brad Nesom Jul 27 '13 at 20:02
have a look at Mapping and Analysing Crime Data: Lessons from Research and Practice edited by Alex Hirschfield, Kate Bowers CRC Press, 2004 – iant Jul 28 '13 at 8:21

The best applied application for performing hotspot and cluster analysis is CrimeStat. You will find all the needed data here:. Download it and use the manual to see what you can perform there.

Basically you will need a shapefile with the locations of the crimes, which you load in the first tab:

Data Setup tab

after which you will have access to the other tabs where you set up the analysis parameters, and use the Save... buttons to generate the files with the results.

Data Analysis tab

I do not know what you mean by patterns, but CrimeStat also have a module for Spatial Modelling and Crime travel demand, so please read the docs and the papers behind the software and see if they match your needs.


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