Crime Mapping

Where can COMBAT’s resources best be utilized? To answer that question, COMBAT uses crime-mapping software to determine the “Hot Spots” in Jackson County where the need to reduce and prevent violent crime — as well as drug abuse — is the greatest.

Law enforcement agencies have long depended on crime mapping to target their efforts. COMBAT is, likewise, looking at crime maps when reviewing the applications agencies submit when requesting COMBAT funding for their substance abuse and anti-violence programs. These maps are based on a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of Part I Violent Crime data — aggravated assaults, homicides, rapes and robberies.

Jackson County’s GIS crime maps are generated by inputting the Part I Violent Crime data that every law enforcement agency in the county has compiled from 2015 through the present day. The crime data is consolidated, compared with census information and used to then “geocode” a map to pin-point areas where there are heavier concentrations of crime.  Plotting color-coded lines on a map to show “Hot Spots” versus “Cold Spots” — lines drawn based on the crime and census statistics – provides COMBAT an invaluable tool in determining how to  most effectively distribute its funds.

Use this interactive map to view Part I Violent Crime hot spots in Jackson County: