Special Issue "Using GIS to Improve (Public) Safety and Security"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Igor Ivan Website E-Mail
Department of Geoinformatics, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15, Ostrava, 708 00,Czech Republic
Interests: quantitative geography; spatial statistics; visualisation; crime and fear mapping; transport accessibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The right of citizens to safety and security is a key aspect of modern society. Modern geospatial technologies, together with spatial big data and geographic data science, are fighting against old and new safety and security threats, endangering contemporary society. We often live in smart countries, smart regions, smart cities or smart districts, and there is a vast array of new technologies using a magical word “smart”, but this encroaching smart environment is often causing smart safety and security threats. Additionally, we are dealing with a crucial decision between personal freedom and collective safety and security.

This Special Issue is a follow-up to a previous successful Special Issue (Ivan, Burian, Caha, 2018) on safety and security management, collecting mainly papers from the Symposium GIS Ostrava 2018. Accepted papers in this Special Issue will contribute to contemporary research on safety- and security-related issues. Authors are encouraged to submit both theoretical as well as application-oriented papers focusing on safety and security issues covering topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Spatial big data (incl. sensor networks, social networks, mobile phones, UAVs and CCTV);
  • Geographic data science (incl. methods of Artificial Intelligence);
  • Natural safety and security issues and GIS;
  • Human-made safety and security issues and GIS;
  • GI-software and GI-hardware tools.

Assoc. Prof. Igor Ivan
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • spatial big data
  • geographic data science
  • natural safety and security issues
  • human-made safety and security issues
  • GI-sotfware and GI-hardware tools

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Comparing Residents’ Fear of Crime with Recorded Crime Data—Case Study of Ostrava, Czech Republic
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(9), 401; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8090401 - 08 Sep 2019
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The fear of crime is an established research topic, not only in sociology, environmental psychology and criminology, but also in GIScience. Using spatial analysis to analyse patterns, explore hotspots and determine the significance of respective surveys is one reason for the increase in [...] Read more.
The fear of crime is an established research topic, not only in sociology, environmental psychology and criminology, but also in GIScience. Using spatial analysis to analyse patterns, explore hotspots and determine the significance of respective surveys is one reason for the increase in popularity of such research topics for geographers, cartographers and spatial data scientists. This paper presents the results of an intensive online map-based questionnaire with 1551 respondents from the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The respondents marked 3792 points associated with the fear of crime over a ten week period. The perception data were compared with recorded crime data acquired from police department records for the years 2015–2018. This paper explores the spatial autocorrelation from perceived hotspots and from recorded crime hotspots. Our findings fit into the literature confirming results about the locations that most frequently attract fear, but there is still room for more investigations regarding the links between recorded crime and the fear of crime. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using GIS to Improve (Public) Safety and Security)
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