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NLSA Members Turn to GIS

5 April 2004

Four North London councils are turning to Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to help reduce crime.

Members of the North London Strategic Alliance - Enfield Council, Haringey, Barnet and Waltham Forest - are piloting a mobile GIS solution allowing officers, neighbourhood warden and polic community support to capture and report details of incidents via GPS and GPRS-enabled handheld devices out in the field.

Working with supplier ESRI(UK), the NLSA members will use the technology to report incidents such as graffiti, fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and abandoned vehicles.

Mike Hainge, Enfield Assistant Director of Environmental Enforcement Services, commented: "The new mobile solution is expected to bring benefits such as improving the end-to-end cycle of reporting an incident to taking corrective action.

"The capture and storage of data with geo-codes will also enable the data to be analysed to identify trends within the boroughs and across the boundaries. This will assist in eliminating the conditions associated with these criminal incidents before they occur and provide benefits to our citizens."

The pilot will run from April to June with over 40 units across the four boroughs.

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