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AbstractWorking in law enforcement is a challenging task, having the right tools available could mean success over failure. A proven method to identify and deter crime is mapping incidents from existing data to analyze and identify patterns. Small to medium size law enforcement agencies do not have the resources to utilize crime analysis mapping. Whether it is a matter of knowledge, time, staffing, or other factors; the benefits of mapping crime are unfortunately missing. By offering an understanding of the benefits of GIS, it will lead law enforcement agencies to use mapping in their crime analysis. With a clear understanding of where crime is being committed, policing trouble areas to reduce crime. Through creation of simple maps that depict criminal activity for a given area, it is possible to deter that crime. Learning how to utilize GIS tools that are currently available to prepare a visualization of crime in the form of a map, could lead to improved policing. Safer communities are possible with the proper training, a clear understanding of problem areas, and using mapping as a solution.