The analysis of Neighbourhood Watch structure using Geographic Information System (GIS)

Rasphone, Akchousanh (2004) The analysis of Neighbourhood Watch structure using Geographic Information System (GIS). [USQ Project]


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This project explores the use of spatial analysis tool such as Geographic
Information System (GIS) in the study of crime prevention schemes. This study is
concentrating on the Toowoomba region.
Crime prevention programmes have been established to reduce crime rates in
particular communities as well as nationally. The Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Scheme falls into a category of the crime prevention programmes. This is when a
number of areas are set up in which members of a community play an important
role in preventing crime within their respective community area.
This study focuses on determining effective performance of Neighbourhood
Watch Structure. Datasets used to perform this analysis include a street central
line and Toowoomba suburb and district boundary dataset provided by
Toowoomba city council. Major data sets such as crime statistics and information
on Toowoomba Neighbourhood Watch areas were provided by Toowoomba
police department.
The analysis of this study was performed in 3 phases. Mapping of crime
distribution within Toowoomba overtime was one of the analysis phases. Further,
the analysis also included mapping of individual crime type over a ten month's
period. Mapping of individual crime class within selected areas was also
performed as part of the analysis methodology.
Findings indicated the possibility in utilizing GIS in the analysis of the crime
prevention program such as NHW. Generated results of this project also showed
that the useful information supporting policing could be provided through the
implementation of analysis methods. These methods were used to provide the
final findings of this project.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime prevention, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Toowoomba, Geographic Information System (GIS)
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401302 Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling

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