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Fundamentals of Crime Mapping: Principles and Practice

Author(s): Rebecca Paynich, PhD, Curry College
Bryan Hill, Crime Analyst, Glendale Police Department, Arizona
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755751
  • Paperback    552 pages      © 2010
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Fundamentals of Crime Mapping: Principles and Practice walks readers through the research, theories, and history of GIS in law enforcement. This accessible text explains the day-to-day practical application of crime analysis for mapping. Factual data from real crime analysis is included to reflect actual crime patterns, trends, series and what an officer or analyst can expect to see when he or she sits down to analyze and apply concepts learned. Special topics discussed include: an up-to-date discussion of the current crime trends in rural and urban areas, the major ecological theories of crime, the notion of geographic profiling, empirical research using crime mapping tools, basic mapping terminology, and more.

Features & Benefits

  • Provides jargon-free language, over 30 practical exercises, and a large assortment of varied data that can be used for additional exercises to maximize reader comprehension. 
  • Contains a tutorial on the basics of using MS Excel 2003 for specific crime analysis applications as an addendum for those who are unfamiliar with MS Excel.

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for the following courses offered by undergraduate and gradute schools:

  • Crime Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crime Mapping
  • Spatial Analysis of Crime
  • Special Topics  


  Chapter  1  An Introduction to Crime Mapping
  Chapter  2  Social Disorganization and Social Efficacy
  Chapter  3  Environmental Criminology
  Chapter  4  Geography and Individual Decision-Making: Victims and Offenders
Section  II  Research and Crime Data
  Chapter  5  Research and Applications in Crime Mapping
  Chapter  6  Crime Mapping and Analysis Data
  Chapter  7  People and Places: Current Crime Trends
Section  III  Statistics and Analyses
  Chapter  8  A Brief Review of Statistics
  Chapter  9  Distance Analysis
  Chapter  10  Hot Spot Analysis
Section  IV  Mapping for your Audience and Future Issues
  Chapter  11  Mapping for your Audience
  Chapter  12  Future Issues in Crime Mapping

Rebecca Paynich, PhD-Curry College

Rebecca Paynich earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (2000) and Ph.D. in Political Science (2003) from Washington State University, and currently teaches at Curry College, in Milton, MA. Dr. Paynich’s teaching skills take a generalist approach toward the Criminal Justice field. She holds classes in statistics, crime mapping, corrections, police, criminal justice ethics, criminology, criminal justice policy, and many others.

Dr. Paynich has been involved in several research projects throughout her academic career including work as a researcher on the Project Safe Neighborhood grant for the state of North Dakota. While her primary research interests revolve around law enforcement, she also does work in the areas of criminal justice theory and policy, and crime mapping. She has coauthored two books, Law Enforcement in the United States, Second Edition, and The Fundamentals of Crime Mapping: Principles and Practice. She has also published in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. She is married and has two children.

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Bryan Hill-Crime Analyst, Glendale Police Department, Arizona

Bryan Hill retired from the Phoenix Police Department after serving 21 years as a patrol officer, solo motor, detective and sworn crime analyst.  He currently teaches at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona as adjunct faculty. Bryan has worked in the crime analysis field for the past 15 years with the last 8 being with the Glendale Police Department in Arizona, as a civilian analyst. He is recognized by his colleagues as a dedicated expert in many aspects of crime analysis including using and teaching ArcGIS and crime mapping techniques. He is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and the AACA and has won the IACA membership award for his contributions to the field of crime analysis. His research interests are primarily in developing practical applications any analyst can use and understand which are based on scientific theories and practice.

  • "This text represents an excellent contribution that supports the field of crime analysis and crime mapping. The balance of theory, history, practical content and illustrations serve the text in the finest traditions. Rebecca Paynich and Bryan Hill bring their professional and academic expertise to the prominent 'First 2010 Edition,' and their efforts present excellent research methodology and critical thinking applications...I personally applaud the authors’ efforts to address critical crime mapping issues of the twenty-first century."

    – Thomas E. Baker, Associate Professor
    Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice, University of Scranton


    "Finally a book I can recommend that allows the Analyst to brush up on theory and then immediately apply it. Each chapter first outlines the relevant theory and then walks the Analyst through a practical exercise. An excellent resource for any Public Safety Analyst."

    – Lakhpinder Takhar, Senior Crime Analyst
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    Surrey Detachment

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ISBN-13: 9780763755751

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