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CLIP 1127

Mapping crime using GIS: Lewisham, London

Mapping crime using GIS: Lewisham, London

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Key Info
  • Mapping crime using GIS: Lewisham, London
  • Duration: 02:25
  • Police in the London borough of Lewisham use GIS to map and prevent crime. A map shows the distribution of selected types of crimes in Lewisham. By selecting a layer within a Geographic Information System (GIS) map, it becomes clear there is a link with a bus route through the area. The bus is regarded as a 'crime generator'. This is especially likely as much of the crime is known to be committed by children. Views from the upper floor of a bus along its route show how children can spot opportunities for crime. The police in Lewisham are making use of GIS to target their response by placing officers on the buses to help prevent crime.
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  • Keywords: crime, distribution, pattern, GIS, route, borough, Lewisham, police
Ideas for use in class
  • Pause the clip near the beginning and ask pupils to suggest some reasons for the pattern of crime they can see on the map. Then run it on to show how layers of data in the GIS can help to identify a pattern and suggest a possible reason for it. Pupils could also suggest other layers of data which could be related to patterns of crime. They could also consider alternative ways of using the data, e.g. by locating CTV cameras at crime hot spots.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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