The Risk Terrain Modeling Diagnostics (RTMDx) Utility is a software application for Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) and for diagnosing spatial crime vulnerabilities. It helps to identify and communicate environmental attractors of illegal behavior and crime incidents. Information products can be used to anticipate places that will be most suitable for criminal activities, identify where new crime incidents will emerge and/or cluster, develop place-based interventions, strategically and tactically allocate resources, and prioritize efforts to mitigate crime risks.
RTMDx automates most steps of risk terrain modeling. The algorithm empirically tests a variety of spatial influences and analysis increments for every risk factor input to identify the most empirically- and theoretically-grounded spatial associations with known crime incident locations. Then, it selects only the most appropriate risk factors (with their spatial influences optimally operationalized) to produce a “Best” Risk Terrain Model. The final model articulates the vulnerability for crime with relative risk values at every place throughout the study area. The environmental factors that create specific vulnerabilities at places are listed and weighted according to their relative spatial influence on the outcome event. This aids in the prioritization of risk mitigation efforts.
Runs on PC or Intel-based Mac with Boot Camp. It is a Microsoft Windows application.
Educational version: FREE (Request a License)
Single end-user license for non-commercial use. Intended for educational and short-term trial purposes. Available to students, educators, and agents of some governmental or non-profit organizations. This version does NOT output maps.
Professional version: Bundled with RTM Training Webinar
Single end-user license for commercial and professional use. Perpetual license. No maintenance contracts. No recurring fees. This version outputs GeoTiff maps.
Project Partners: Professional version can be bundled with customized speaking, training, presentation, or research engagements with Authorized RCPS Associates. Contact Joel Caplan or Leslie Kennedy for details.
For other licensing options (e.g., site/multi-user, computer labs) or the use of trademarks, contact David Zimmerman at the Rutgers University Office of Rechnology Commercialization (ORC).
See Publications page for free PDF. Or click here.
(Paperback or Kindle versions of user manual at Amazon.com)
APPENDIX to the User Manual
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RTMDx Utility Demo Data and Sample Report ZIP
ArcGIS Support Tools
RTM Toolbox for ArcGIS 9.3 (Updated 5/2011)
RTM Toolbox for ArcGIS 10 (Updated 4/2012)
RTMDx Polygon-to-Points Tool for ArcGIS 10.1 (Updated 10/18/13)
IPIR ArcGIS 10.1 Toolset and Tutorial (from NIJ Project) (Updated 10/20/13)