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The effect of GPS refresh rate on measuring police patrol in micro-places

Hutt, OK; Bowers, K; Johnson, SD; (2021) The effect of GPS refresh rate on measuring police patrol in micro-places. Crime Science , 10 (1) , Article 3. 10.1186/s40163-021-00140-1. Green open access

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Abstract

© 2021, The Author(s). With the increasing prevalence of police interventions implemented in micro hot-spots of crime, the accuracy with which officer foot patrols can be measured is increasingly important for the robust evaluation of such strategies. However, it is currently unknown how the accuracy of GPS traces impact upon our understanding of where officers are at a given time and how this varies for different GPS refresh rates. Most existing studies that use GPS data fail to acknowledge this. This study uses GPS data from police officer radios and ground truth data to estimate how accurate GPS data are for different GPS refresh rates. The similarity of the assumed paths are quantitatively evaluated and the analysis shows that different refresh rates lead to diverging estimations of where officers have patrolled. These results have significant implications for the measurement of police patrols in micro-places and evaluations of micro-place based interventions.

Type: Article
Title: The effect of GPS refresh rate on measuring police patrol in micro-places
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s40163-021-00140-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40163-021-00140-1
Language: English
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Keywords: Police patrol, GPS, Micro-places
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122920
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