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Visualizing Crimes in the Immediate Area of Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Authors: Sandy Giacobbe*, , Dan Kenis, Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Topics: Urban Geography, Cartography
Keywords: crime maps, criminal justice, mapping, analyzing, crime reports
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Crime in college towns is a topic of interest due to the availability of data through crime reports required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act. By analyzing crime reports compiled and published by the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD), a fully empowered law enforcement entity run by the university, the Rutgers Undergraduate Geography Society (RUGS) seeks to explore the crime reports of an area with a large student population. At this time, there are limited maps that utilize this data in the immediate areas around Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Data collection required the use of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to obtain the crime reports published by the RUPD between July 1, 2014, to July 31, 2019. The data was then compiled, cleaned, sorted, and then pinned to geographic coordinates based on the reported time and location of the offense by an officer of the RUPD. The examination of this data will allow for a visual understanding of crime in the areas surrounding Rutgers University-New Brunswick as it was reported.

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