Application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Law Enforcement — Crime Mapping
Application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Law Enforcement — Crime Mapping

GIS (geographic information systems) and remote sensed data mapping applications for crime fighting and prevention has become a necessary tool in law enforcement agencies worldwide, probably one of the most valuable tools available. Crime mapping is a key component of crime analysis.

Satellite imagery and aerial photography display important information about criminal activities happening around the nation and around our world. The added functionality of satellite imagery and GIS in computer mapping has increased the capabilities of crime fighting due to the efficiency and speed of the analysis.

Digital Aerial Photograph of Houston, Texas QuickBird Image of Houston, TX
Aerial Photo - Houston, TX QuickBird Image - Houston, TX

Mapping crime, using GIS and remote sensed data allows analysts to identify hot spots, along with other trends and patterns. GIS also allows analysts to overlay other datasets such as census demographics, locations of stores, banks and schools, etc., to better understand the underlying causes of crime and help law enforcement administrators to devise strategies to deal with the problem. GIS is also useful for law enforcement operations, such as allocating police officers and dispatching to emergencies.

GIS Mapping in Friendswood, Texas

GIS Mapping — Friendswood, TX

Police departments employ GIS and remote sensing technology in various applications, including criminal intelligence and crime analysis, crime prevention, public information, and community policing. Typical GIS applications involve taking a georeferenced crime database, filtering the data as needed, and mapping it over a street database to put the crime data in its spatial context. Other data layers may be used, such as census tracts, ZIP Codes, or council districts, but the most frequent underlying context is city streets.

Potential applications of satellite imagery and aerial photography are numerous. Any geocoded information can be superimposed on the photos, including census data, liquor license locations, drug-market data, injury locations, probationer addresses, housing and zoning code violations, and other data that may be relevant to the needs of community policing.

Satellite Imaging Corporation is experienced in negotiating custom satellite images within both satellite and client-governed time-line. Our geodetic and mapping experts create two-dimensional interactive mapping projects by overlaying third-party data. Other services we provide are:

Our imaging and GIS experts are experienced in the extraction, manipulation, and supplementation of satellite images and imaging data, by using our advanced remote sensing techniques, we can provide color and panchromatic image data processing services, as well pan sharpening with image data fusion, image enhancements, georeferencing, mosaicing, and color/grayscale balancing. We also provide optional satellite imaging features that may incorporate specialized processing procedures for your project needs.