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Developing an online cooperative police patrol routing strategy

Wise, SC; Chen, H; Cheng, T; (2017) Developing an online cooperative police patrol routing strategy. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems , 62 pp. 19-29. 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.10.013. Green open access

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Abstract

A cooperative routing strategy for daily operations is necessary to maintain the effects of hotspot policing and to reduce crime and disorder. Existing robot patrol routing strategies are not suitable, as they omit the peculiarities and challenges of daily police patrol including minimising the average time lag between two consecutive visits to hotspots, as well as coordinating multiple patrollers and imparting unpredictability to patrol routes. In this research, we propose a set of guidelines for patrol routing strategies to meet the challenges of police patrol. Following these guidelines, we develop an innovative heuristic-based and Bayesian-inspired real-time strategy for cooperative routing police patrols. Using two real-world cases and a benchmark patrol strategy, an online agent-based simulation has been implemented to testify the efficiency, flexibility, scalability, unpredictability, and robustness of the proposed strategy and the usability of the proposed guidelines.

Type: Article
Title: Developing an online cooperative police patrol routing strategy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.10.013
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.10.013
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Keywords: Police patrols; Multi-agent patrol routing; Bayesian-based decision making; Ant colony algorithm; Agent-based modelling
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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 Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1527418
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