The goal of all three approaches was to reduce the total distance from police facilities to the crime locations for which they would be responsible. The table below summarizes the results of the three approaches.
|Approaches 1 and 2||Approach 3|
|Decimal Degrees||Miles (approx.)||Decimal Degrees||Miles (approx.)|
For this project, the reduction in distance to crime served as a proxy for reduction in time to arrive at a crime, and thus possible crime reduction. It is clear from these results that the proposed solutions succeeded in reducing the average distance and time to a crime location. Though it is hard to predict exactly how this would impact crime reduction, we can assume that the close proximity of police presence would reduce the likelihood that at least some of the crimes would be committed.
Other factors, such as citizens’ perceived safety, would also impact the success of implementing the proposed dispersed facility model. These factors may be more difficult to quantify than time and distance but could be approximated by surveying citizens’ current perceptions. Analyses such as this could also help gauge citizen interest in the proposed plan, which would serve as a major indicator of its potential success.