Citizen’s Involvement in the Shaping of Local Security by the Use of a Digital Crime Mapping Tool Based on GIS




security, threats, citizens, crime mapping, GIS, Poland


More and more advanced crime mapping methods have been used for several dozen years for imaging, analyzing, and, consequently, preventing, and combating crime. Initially, they served only specialized task units in charge of the fight against crime. Subsequently, they became sources of public information on the level of security in particular locations. The crucial requirement for the development of these methods in the third decade of the 21st century is related to the interaction with citizens, who turn from recipients of data into their co-creators by reporting threats occurring in their neighborhood. This article analyzes the National Map of Security Threats (Krajowa Mapa Zagrożeń Bezpieczeństwa, KMZB) implemented in Poland as a GIS-based tool to involve citizens in creating local security and a source of knowledge about the perception of personal safety by KMZB users.


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Author Biography

Paulina Polko, WSB University

PhD, political scientist, head of the Department of Security Sciences of WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland. Her research interests comprise: national security, security policy, public order and safety, new technologies in relation to security threats and challenges, securitization and new dimensions of security. She has authored or co-authored 10 books and some 50 articles in this field. She is a contributor to four international research projects on new aspects of state and local security.


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How to Cite

Polko, Paulina. 2022. “Citizen’s Involvement in the Shaping of Local Security by the Use of a Digital Crime Mapping Tool Based on GIS”. Politeja 19 (4 (79):203-18.



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