New York maps crime

New York maps crime

What the FBI calls the safest big city in America is getting ready to add another weapon to its arsenal against crime. The New York Police Department is developing a crime-mapping system accessible to its 76 precincts and 40,000 police officers over a secure intranet.

Since 1994 the department has used a statistical mapping system called CompStat to monitor crime statistics on specific street corners. Precinct commanders are held accountable for problem areas in their neighborhoods.

The new enterprise system will use MapXtreme mapping software from MapInfo Corp. of Troy, N.Y. The Java software will work with an IBM DB2 relational database management system and will most likely run on a Unix platform, said Sabby Nayar, MapInfo's public-sector market manager. Spatial data will reside in MapInfo's SpatialWare.

When the project is completed, probably by summer, officers in every precinct will be able to view the same data at the same time. The city's crime rate has dropped by 57 percent since 1993, officials said. New York state police are piloting a similar project.

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