Some Florida Police are using Data to Predict Crime

Fast Company – by Neal Ungerleider

Well, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department isn’t using an oracle yet, but it is getting one step closer to Minority Report-style crime predicting. The department has become the latest agency to use big data analytics and data mining to prevent crime by staying one step ahead of criminals. According to IBM, the company has entered into a partnership with the Fort Lauderdale PD to integrate new data and analytics tools into everyday crime fighting. The new projects will use pattern recognition and anomaly detection tech on existing records like 911 calls, crime records, and building permit activity.  

“We’re entering a new era of police work where advances in technology are providing us with an additional tool to use in our crime prevention efforts,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley in a release. “Integrating advanced data analysis into our operational strategies will help us maximize resources and stay one step ahead of the criminals.” The data generated by the new software package is designed to help, among other things, generate new patrol routes and redeploy officers to areas that have more crime activity.

IBM also emphasized that using data cuts costs for police departments and helps them provide the same level of service during a time when they may have fewer resources. The company is one of the leading providers of specialized software for law enforcement.

2 thoughts on “Some Florida Police are using Data to Predict Crime

  1. I can do better than these punks. I can predict…with 100% accuracy, when a crime will occur.
    It’s simple. As soon as a cop hits the streets, within an hour a crime, killing, shooting, by the cop WILL occur.

  2. Hopefully you realize by now that cops have nothing whatsoever to do with fighting crime, but will use all the data they can gather to round up dissidents and jail them for something or another.

    Most of our potential troop recruits are already in jail. Over the last decade, anyone capable of clenching a fist has been locked up. Don’t expect a “dissident round-up” to begin overnight, or at any certain time. It’s an on-going process that’s already been underway for a long time.

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