Law enforcement officials say mapping software will cut crime

Software can develop a map of the metro area or other areas in the country and identify the location of crimes that have been committed there.

Crime fighters have a new tool that maps illegal events and allows them to identify areas that need more attention.

The Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas and the security ministry have the new system called AGEPOL

The system provides timely analysis of geospatial information, and in the future will allow the two agencies to pinpoint patterns and predict crimes, said Celso Gamboa Sánchez, vice minister of Seguridad Pública. He spoke Tuesday.

AGEPOL is an acronym for Sistema de Análisis Geospacial para la Policia. It generates color coded maps according to the type of incident and geographical region.

Information from all crimes including type, nationality of the persons involved and region will be placed in the system. Maps can be searched by specific dates, years and months.

It can also be seen in real time, said the vice minister.

According to officials, the technology is a free software and doesn’t require technical knowledge to operate. Each police force will have its own personalized version of the map.
With the technology, the police can create models of future crimes and formulate theories. They can also develop strategies with other institutions.

Later, the security ministry will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of policing in each community and verify that resources are being used efficiently.

The goal is to control drug trafficking and reduce crime. With this tool crimes in San José can be decreased by 20 percent, and the national-level crimes against property and killings decreased by 19 percent, Gamboa said.

The Dirección de Migración y Extranjeria has also implemented a mapping software that pinpoints the different concentrations of immigrants. It will be used in the future to formulate immigration programs.

One program already started by the immigration in February is Rutas de Integración. It allows public officials to learn about migration issues that address different populations while providing these communities with access to information about public service.

Currently the program is in San Carlos, Upala, Jacó, Siquirres, and the metro area. Next year officials will begin work in Guanacaste and the southern part of the country.

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