The police are all set to spin a web around criminals with the help of the internet-based Uttar Pradesh crime mapping software, which will be in place by the end of next month.
Once the software is installed, it would pinpoint crime hotspots with the help of geographic information system (GIS) of Google Maps, zero in on the pattern of offences committed in an area and enable the men in khaki to tighten vigil as a preventive measure.
The exercise will be undertaken in Lucknow zone, which includes the state capital and nine other districts. All police stations in these districts are uploading the crime data of the last three years, including the nature, place and time of occurrence. Subsequently, the software would be launched across the state.
“After all the data is fed into the software, the crime sensitive areas of Lucknow and other parts of the state will be easily identifiable through Google Maps. Thereafter, police check posts, pickets will be strengthened and patrolling intensified in the crime-prone areas,” said Ashutosh Pandey, inspector general of police (PAC, East Zone) who is also in-charge of the project.
Citing the software’s effectiveness, Pandey said: “In the Chowk area of old Lucknow, Pul Gulam Hussain road is famous for Muharram chowkis. After this information is fed into the software, the station officer concerned will take extra precautions during Muharram and prevent any untoward incident.”
Giving another example, Pandey said the OCR building, Jawahar Bhawan, Indira Bhawan and their adjoining areas were infamous for vehicle theft.
“Now, when this data is fed into the software, station officers of these areas will keep a special watch on these locations by intensifying patrolling,” said Pandey who has successfully implemented the project in Kanpur and Agra zones, in his previous postings as IG Zone there.
Police in Kanpur, Agra, Meerut, Bareilly and Lucknow zones have already undergone training for the project. In the next fortnight, police in Varanasi, Allahabad and Gorakhpur would complete their training.