SA cops told to put bikies on the map

By Julian Bajkowski

Police in South Australia are taking advice on how curb the state’s bike menace using digital mapping and geographic information systems to keep tabs on the two-wheeled hoodlums.

The move to put bikies on the law enforcement map comes from US criminal profiler Mike King who works for GIS systems provider Esri and has been advising US authorities on mitigating gang violence.

The push to get smart on gang turf boundaries and their related nefarious activities comes after a number of states passed ineffective stop-gap laws aimed at thwarting bikies from congregating that fell foul of civil liberties advocates and some unions.

“Gang activity and associated data, when properly recorded and managed through GIS technology, allows law enforcement agencies to better understand gang movement, motivation and methodology,” Mr King said.

Mr King said that in Ogden, Utah, GIS was part of a police response that “led to new laws making gang associations illegal.”

Months of increased monitoring and police efforts help reduce the number of gang related incidents, Mr King said.

“There is no reason why the same approach would not work in Australia,” he said.

Another part of the push to get data working better is encouragement for different law enforcement agencies to share their information and intelligence using intelligent maps.

Mr King said that while there were distinct jurisdictions for police, criminals did not always care about state boundaries.

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