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Sheriff’s Office unveils new crime mapping tool

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 2:51 p.m.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is using a new mapping tool to look for geographic patterns in burglaries and other offenses across time.

Lt. David Mattingly, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, said the software shows burglaries and other offenses as dots on a map, color-coded by the month in which they were reported. The software also shows suspicious character reports, which Mattingly said often coincide geographically with reported burglaries.

“If we can start seeing patterns, we can move resources accordingly,” Mattingly said. “Looking at reports is one thing, but if you can put it up on a map, you can start to see geographic pockets and relationships.”

Reach Elizabeth Scheltens at 316-268-6562 or escheltens@wichitaeagle.com.

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