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Crimestoppers has teamed up with a Buckinghamshire based company that will allow the crime-reporting phoneline charity to pass on more accurate, geographic information received from the UK public onto the police. The charity is being supported by Esri UK, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS).
That firm will help explore how this technology can help the charity make more accurate information about criminal activities available to the police, without compromising the anonymity of the caller.
With more than 90,000 calls expected to its UK bureau this year alone, Crimestoppers anticipates that GIS could play a major role in helping the organisation make the best use of the information received. GIS could be used with call centre systems to plot the precise locations of crimes, while continuing to ensure the anonymity of callers. This more accurate, detailed information could help the police in official investigations and help improve both the detection and prevention of crime, once the information has been analysed and passed onto them.
‘Targeted approach to crime detection’
Esri UK and Crimestoppers will also explore how GIS could be used to help the public provide more detailed information online. By integrating web-based GIS services into Crimestoppers’ existing website, the public could simply go online and plot the location of crimes or suspect incidents or sightings. This and other similar GIS applications could help Crimestoppers improve the speed and effectiveness of its collaboration with the public. Chief Executive for Crimestoppers, Mick Laurie, said: “We aim to put a stop to crime by giving the police more accurate, timely information and are delighted to have Esri UK’s support.
“They are giving Crimestoppers generous assistance as a corporate supporter and if GIS can help us to provide more useful information to the police, and make it easier for people to share what they know through our anonymous number or secure online form, we can be even more effective in the fight against crime.”
Budgie Dhanda, General Manager for DNSPS for Esri UK, added: “We are confident that a more targeted approach to crime detection will be of enormous benefit to Crimestoppers.
“The charity provides the police with remarkable levels of information and we are proud to support both Crimestoppers and its partners in their continued fight against crime.”
If you have any information about crime then please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.