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ISS Seminar on understanding and reducing crime in South Africa using spatial technologies
Event date: Thursday 28 March 2013
Event time: 10h30 to 13h00
Event venue: ISS Conference Room, ISS Pretoria
In order to reduce crime, it is important to understand the problem in its various manifestations. For some years now, a few researchers have been developing techniques and technologies for analysing crime geographically so as to provide better insights into its nature and prevalence.
This seminar will provide an opportunity for two leading researchers in this field to show how emerging spatial technologies can contribute to creative and new ways of understanding and reducing crime in South Africa. A historical overview of crime in the country from a geographical and spatial perspective will also be provided. The South African Police Service (SAPS) will respond to these presentations and discuss the extent to which this approach is being used in the SAPS.
  • Understanding the magnitude and spatial extent of crime in South Africa: Dr Gregory Breetzke, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Integration of spatial technologies and methods to understand and combat crime in South Africa: Dr Corne Eloff, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Respondent: Dr Chris de Kock, Maj. Gen. and Head of Crime Research and Statistics, South African Police Service
  • Dr Johan Burger, Senior Researcher, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria
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This seminar is made possible through the funding provided by the Hanns Seidel Foundation