UP Diliman Theft Incident Distribution (2007-2010)


The Theft Incident Map of UP Diliman from 2007 to 2010 shows the spatial distribution of the reported incidence of petty theft within the campus. The objective and the purpose of the map is to show the distribution and the location where crimes usually happens and by delineating concentration of distribution, and if there is a spatial pattern between the location of the crimes/concentration of the crime to the places of informal settlements.

In order to produce the map, crime report data from UPD Police was needed, basically data could be easy of crime reports are readily available, in this case, crime reports in UPD police are already tallied by crimes nature, places of occurrence and date. Other data needed are shape files of UP Diliman boundary, street/major roads in UP, and location of informal settlement and UPD police station using google earth and converting this file into shapefile.

The tallies of crimes are map as points and afterwards, converted into shapefile to be processed in ArcMap. The next thing to do is to compute for the ellipsoidal concentration (standard ellipse) of the points. Delineation of informal settlement was also done by overlaying shapefiles from google earth into base map of UP Diliman. A temporal map showing the distribution, concentration and informal settlement location from 2007 to 2010 is the final output.

The map could be used by UPD police to find out where security must be tightened and by the administration wherein they could implement rules on places where crime concentrates. Lastly, for the students, faculty and people living in UP so that they could be aware of the places where they should be prepared and secured.

In observing the map, it is difficult to associate the crimes (theft) happening inside the campus to the informal settlers living within UP Diliman. As presented in the map, we can only observe the concentration, given by the ellipses, and as time progress the ellipse grew larger, signifying that the extent of distribution is becoming large and diverse. On the other hand, since the only focus of the map is one nature of crime, which is theft, the conclusion part is still open and we cannot just end it up saying that pattern of crimes in UPD is not much visible and there are no associations of informal settler to crimes at all. Recommendation is that, we can also include other crimes occurring in the campus to strongly give a conclusion regarding the matter.

Lastly, the map may serve as a timely tool to lower the incident of theft in the campus, in this time where crimes inside UP campuses are rising.


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