Crime mapping analysis is another major area of focus in the daily operations of the Division of Public Safety. DPS remains at the forefront of technological crime prevention applications, continually upgrading our crime mapping capabilities.
Mapping has become essential to the analysis and visual presentation of crime, as it provides a spatial depiction of incidents of crime and accompanying law enforcement data, such as the residential address of the perpetrator in relation to the incident in which he/she is involved. Hot spot analysis, or the depiction of high-density crime areas, is another particularly useful mapping feature for Public Safety, in identifying consistently problematic locations, and target-hardening those areas with additional human and technological resources. For the Division of Public Safety and the University, crime mapping analysis has become a valuable problem-solving tool for Penn Police in the development of evidence-based deployment responses and patrols.