Comparison of geospatial data concerning crime in China and in the USA

Xinyue Ye, Mark Leipnik

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The use of geographic information systems (GIS) based crime mapping to analyzedisseminate information about crime rates, locations and characteristics has been agrowing trend and has recently become widespread enough that a comparison betweenmajor countries on several continents is possible. While comparisons between nationsthat are advanced users of GIS like the USA, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany iseasy crime data is just starting to become available in a geocoded format in China. Acomparison of crime data between China and the USA is therefore feasible. Increasinglyweb-based data portals are the means for researchers, law enforcement professionals andthe general public to understand the pattern and occurrence of crime in their communitiesand nations and can be used for international comparisons as well. The rapid evolution ofregional and local crime data in China and USAwill also be discussed. In particulargeospatial data related to crime incident locations, patterns and characteristics will bediscussed. One important focus will be the precision and accuracy of the availablegeospatial data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCrime
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives, Socioeconomic Factors and Psychological Implications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781629486581
ISBN (Print)9781629486574
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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