The analysis of Neighbourhood Watch structure using Geographic Information System (GIS)

Rasphone, Akchousanh (2004) The analysis of Neighbourhood Watch structure using Geographic Information System (GIS). [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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This project explores the use of spatial analysis tool such as Geographic Information System (GIS) in the study of crime prevention schemes. This study is concentrating on the Toowoomba region. Crime prevention programmes have been established to reduce crime rates in particular communities as well as nationally. The Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Scheme falls into a category of the crime prevention programmes. This is when a number of areas are set up in which members of a community play an important role in preventing crime within their respective community area. This study focuses on determining effective performance of Neighbourhood Watch Structure. Datasets used to perform this analysis include a street central line and Toowoomba suburb and district boundary dataset provided by Toowoomba city council. Major data sets such as crime statistics and information on Toowoomba Neighbourhood Watch areas were provided by Toowoomba police department. The analysis of this study was performed in 3 phases. Mapping of crime distribution within Toowoomba overtime was one of the analysis phases. Further, the analysis also included mapping of individual crime type over a ten month's period. Mapping of individual crime class within selected areas was also performed as part of the analysis methodology. Findings indicated the possibility in utilizing GIS in the analysis of the crime prevention program such as NHW. Generated results of this project also showed that the useful information supporting policing could be provided through the implementation of analysis methods. These methods were used to provide the final findings of this project.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime prevention, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Toowoomba, Geographic Information System (GIS)
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems

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