Toward an Effective Crime Mapping Solution for Nigeria: Leveraging Emerging Mobile Platforms  
  Authors : Akpan Abasiama G; Mmeah Shedrack; Baah Barida


In this study we focused on a system designed for the Law Enforcement Agents to empower their officers to create and maintain crime and accident reports more effectively and more efficiently by improving the current paper based measures. Beyond the digitalization of existing forms, the activity of creating new reports in the field is enhanced through a mobile application that utilizes built-in sensors in mobile devices such as tablet computers and smart phones to capture location and other relative information together with rich media such as pictures and videos. A central repository is used to allow fast and easy access for relevant stakeholders, and we demonstrate how this repository can be used together with GIS data to create powerful crime mapping tools. While in the early phases we reveal the feasibility of the proposed solution through implementation of prototypes and isolated studies of core modules in the architecture and a first iteration of the interface design based on interviews with stakeholders in the organization and analysis of the current workflows.


Published In : IJCAT Journal Volume 5, Issue 9

Date of Publication : September 2018

Pages : 108-118

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Akpan Abasiama G : Department of Computer Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki - Nigeria.

Mmeah Shedrack : Department of Computer Science, Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori , Rivers - Nigeria.

Baah Barida : Department of Computer Science, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki - Nigeria








Crime accident reporting, ePolicing, Crime mapping, Spatial databases, Geographic profiling















Through this paper we have looked at crime and accident reporting using mobile devices; the digitalization of a paper based system toward a system with a centrally managed repository; and shown how this together with GIS data can be used to create interactive crime maps to aid decision makers in the Police organization. We argue that if a full scale system were to be implemented throughout a police organization it would have massive benefits over a paper based systems both with regards to effectiveness and efficiency. We also argue that the necessary technology is available and will only get better and cheaper. Thus we believe that moving towards an effective crime mapping solution is a scalable and sustainable approach - with huge potential in leapfrogging the "heavy" integrated ICT systems and infrastructures that are usually put in place to establish such functionality. But there are still many challenges to be addressed, not least those that arise at the human-computer interfaces.










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