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Geographic Information Systems

Vehicle Theft Project

Washington College GIS has received funding from the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council to analyze vehicle theft patterns on a state-wide level. The goal of this project is to provide the council with updates on how stolen vehicles are moving throughout the state and also to provide case support for any council-funded agencies.

As more data comes in, we hope to help the council, as well as various other agencies, by tracing the vehicles to where they are being recovered and examining any patterns that may make themselves apparent. We use GIS to map hotspots of vehicle theft as well as the locations of offenders with a history of vehicle theft. Also, we use the I2 software to provide linkage analysis to investigation units to help them better visualize vehicle theft incidences. Below is a map that was created using GIS technology to show the density of auto theft cases in Baltimore City.