Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. An understanding of the spatial theories of environmental criminology and the techniques commonly used to examine the spatial distributions of crime within geographic information systems.
  2. Practical skills, using geographic information systems and other tools, to produce spatial analyses of crime typically used by police and other public sector agencies to identify examine and target crime problems.
  3. An understanding of the assumptions and limitations of spatial analysis techniques, as well as the ramifications for interpretation of such analyses that they bring.
    • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Crime Mapping
    • Spatial Theories of Crime
    • Crime and Other Agency Data
    • Spatial Statistics
    • Identifying Crime Hotspots
    • Measuring Crime Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits
    • Crime Map Cartography, Mapping for Analysis vs. Mapping for Decision-Makers
    • Identifying Crime Hot-times: GIS and temporal analyses
    • Moving Toward Inference in Crime Mapping
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is designed to provide students with hands-on instruction in the temporal and spatial analysis of crime. The subject has two components: first, the basics of GIS mapping applications are outlined and demonstrated in a self paced workshop environments. The second half of the degree deals with approaches to move crime mapping from a purely descriptive analysis to a more inferential endeavour. Assessment is made up of four short assignment.

This subject will provide students with the skills necessary to produce spatial;analyses of crime data, which can be used within an operational analytical context in the field of;criminal justice. This will be achieved considering three areas. First, the practical skills required for using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); that is, how to map crime data. Second, discussing the spatial theories of crime and how they relate to asking the right questions of GIS; what to map. Third, the subject will outline the strengths and weaknesses of each of the techniques discussed and discuss how such analyses can be best presented and interpreted.

  • Intelligence Briefing (40%)
  • Identifying Crime Displacement (20%)
  • Generating Hotspots (30%)
  • Generating Spatial Statistics (10%)