Mapping Technology Tracks Crime

Tipton County Lieutenant Michael Downing can now look at a neighborhood specific map that shows him exactly where crimes have been committed and exactly what those crimes are.

It's part of a cooperative effort between the sheriff's department and Shawn Anderson at the GIS department.

Anderson enters information provided by deputies, the information is condensed onto a map--allowing deputies and officers to patrol more efficiently.

"It shows the darker the area means they've had more incidences in that area," says Anderson.

Anderson continues, "This means they probably need to focus their resources in that particular area."

The ultimate goal for everyone is crime prevention.

"That's our big deal there is trying to prevent crime," says Anderson. "And one of the things you need to prevent crime is to know where it's occurring."

The collaboration between the sheriff and GIS departments is only four months old but law officers are confident it's going to be a fruitful one.

"We're getting too much information," says Lt. Downing, "and there's too many positive things coming out of this for it not to be."