Mapping Crime Locations on the Minnesota State University-Mankato Campus

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Keul, Ashley M.; Somage, Chris P.
Geographic Information Sciences; Physical and Environmental Geography
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The Emergency Blue Light Phones are security boxes that allow a caller to directly contact Emergency Services. The goal of this project was to develop a better understanding of the distribution of crime on campus in relation to the Emergency Blue Light Phones. This project analyzed the current location and spatial coverage of Emergency Blue Light Phones on the MSU-Mankato campus to assess the adequacy of current coverage to serve the campus community. Standardized and accepted methods used in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) crime mapping were incorporated using data obtained from campus security, GPS, and a Digital Elevation Model. A viewshed analysis was performed to determine the visibility of Emergency Blue Light Phones and a database of security incidents was created and inserted into GIS mapping software. The ultimate goal is to improve campus safety and the visibility and awareness of Emergency Blue Light Phones on campus.