Crime Risk Map – Carabineros de Chile (Case Study)

January 11, 2017
5 min read

Police departments around the world are increasingly using online GIS for a variety of tasks, including emergency response, analyzing and predicting crime rates, tactical planning and daily coordination, to name a few.
Read about Police of Chile (Carabineros de Chile) who choose GIS Cloud to create crime risk maps with real-time information. Police departments across Chile use these maps to analyze country-wide crime data and statistics.
crime risk map carabineros de chile
Web and mobile mapping can increase efficiency and accuracy in solving crimes and improving the overall decision-making process.
Existing “BIG data” collected by police agencies, including daily reports, arrests and citizen complaints, can be used for producing maps shared with both police personnel and citizens. Visualization on a map reveals relationships and patterns laying underneath the ‘noise’ data produces, at the same time providing an interface for integrating and accessing existing information about some location.
Using online mapping approach, real-time data becomes instantly visible to stakeholders in different locations, using different devices in the field or the office.

Mapping solution presented at the 3rd Summit of Police Chiefs (Santiago)

GIS Cloud solution for the Police of Chile was presented at, IBERPOL in Santiago, Chile, the 3rd Summit of Police Chiefs, and applauded by Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet.


National Police of Chile Director Victor Herrera Pintor Crime Risk Map


The National Police of Chile Director, Victor Herrera Pintor, held the presentation in front of 13 Chiefs of Police from different countries, and 40 majors of Chile municipalities.
The meeting also included representatives of police forces from 22 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal , Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, and Chile.
The technical team that implemented “Community Police Management Analysis” system, built on the GIS Cloud customized API, Map Editor and Map Portal apps, consisted of 2 software developers, 4 cartographers and 2 members of the police.
Patricio Llanos from Teramaps, GIS Cloud partners for Chile, responsible for introducing the system to Chilean police, stated that the system was implemented very successfully, with more than 1.200 map views in the first day of use.
The President of Chile Michelle Bachelet Crime Risk

Transferring data from desktop ArcGIS software to the online GIS solution

The police of Chile needed a solution for displaying crime rate statistics on an interactive map, that could be used by police departments throughout the country.
Main challenge they were facing, was finding an efficient and fast way to transfer data locked in ArcGIS desktop software and make it available to a broad public.
They had a local system in place they used for analyzing the existing crime data for Chile. The next step was to report their findings to the local government, ministries, police departments, and the general public. That’s why the interface needed to be simple and easy to use for users of all profiles.
Since several departments of the government of Chile relied on this data, the imperative was to process, upload and render data quickly. At the same time, they were looking for a cost-efficient solution, knowing that the new system was going to be funded with taxpayers’ money.

Creating the publicly available interactive crime Map Portal

Teramaps, GIS Cloud partner for Chile, helped in implementing GIS Cloud solution, satisfying the needs specified by the Police of Chile. The technical team implementing the solution made of 2 software developers, 4 cartographers and 2 police officers, was able to set up the system in a matter of days. The team used GIS Cloud Map Editor for creating the project, uploading shapefile data and editing it, as well as for customizing symbology, polygon and other data.
Importing data to Map Editor proved to be a simple and fast process, and it didn’t take long until the system was ready for publishing. The next step was to publish data using Map Portal solution. The result was a fully customized and branded interactive map published on the official website of the Police of Chile.
Carabineros De Chile Crime Risk Map 2
On the first day of use, 16 November 2016, the portal had more than 1.200 page views and was advertised on national news. General public showed a lot of interest in the portal which was instantly utilized by police departments throughout Chile. The map includes statistics on different types of crime and robberies for particular regions, such as surprise robberies, and those done by motor vehicles, house break-ins, those which include intimidation and so on. It also shows areas where particular types of crime and risk factors are more or less frequent.
Carabineros de Chile Crime Risk Map 3
The crime risk portal provides a perfect, cost-efficient and fast way to visualize a large amount of crime data for the regions in Chile. Except for the police, It is a helpful tool both for increasing public awareness, improving transparency and access to open data and various government departments.
Because of its intuitive interface, it is easy to use for all stakeholders, who can access it anytime, from any location, using computers, smartphones or tablets.
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