The use of computers and GIS (geographic information systems) mean crime is now much easier to analyse and solve. Maps help the police to track and solve crimes. Modern crime maps are created on computers and they are much easier to use. Crime analysts look for patterns of crime. Ordnance Survey maps are used within GIS to plot many pieces of evidence and other important information. This often produces 'hotspots' of crime.

This clip is from:
Mapping Crime
First broadcast:
22 February 2008

Can be used to discuss why maps are important for navigation and also crime investigations - how and why? Discuss how computers and GIS help the police to investigate crime. Show how crime analysts investigate patterns of crime. GIS allows analysts to use OS maps and other types of information to investigate crimes. Discuss the geographical characteristics of crime 'hot spots'?