Reading Eagle: Reading sees drop in crime in 2014

Since 2013, burglaries dropped 18.1 percent to 852; auto thefts were down 30.4 percent to 206; and arsons were down 25.9 percent to 20. Since late 2013, police have been using a crime prediction tool, a software program that studies where crimes occurred in the past to project where they are likely to occur in the near future. Heim has focused it on burglaries, and credits it for the drop in that crime in 2014. Spencer credits the overall work the police have been doing, from innovations such as predictive policing and their community relations work, despite limited resources.

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New Scientist: Pre-crime software recruited to track gang of thieves

PredPol, which was developed by mathematician George Mohler at Santa Clara University in California, has been widely adopted in the US and the UK. The software analyses recorded crimes based on date, place and category of offense. It then generates daily suggestions for locations that should be patrolled by officers, depending on where it calculates criminal activity is most likely to occur.

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Government Exec: How Predictive Policing Is Using Algorithms to Deliver Crime-Reduction Results for Cities

As it happened, the deputy chief told me, the alleged offender was discovered in a PredPol box, a 500-by-500 yard area identified by software the department has been using to predict where crime might happen each day during each of three shifts. Coincidence? Too good to be true when the software targets only 15 of these half-block areas in a city covering about 16 square miles? Santa Cruz and Los Angeles are among the first cities to try out predictive policing. That’s because the technology was developed by two California professors: UCLA anthropologist Jeffrey Brantingham and Santa Clara University computer science and mathematics professor George Mohler. Their algorithm, built on both mathematical and human behavioral foundations, is the guts of the PredPol crystal ball.

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Bloomberg West: The Rise of "Predictive Policing" Tech

Predpol CEO, Larry Samuels, discusses how using only what, when, and where from law enforcement's big data can help predict and prevent future crimes.

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WABE: APD Chief George Turner On Technology, Use Of Force When Fighting Crime

"Also, we're able to predict where that next crime is most likely to occur through a data set called PredPol. It allows us to really put a number of algorithms in and come up with a set of locations on where we believe that next crime is going to occur - it's a tool - allow[s] our officers to be able to deploy them in the right area to prevent those crimes from occurring." - APD CHIEF GEORGE TURNER

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Insight Crime: Using Data to Predict and Prevent Crime in LatAm

Can Latin America see greater success in reducing urban crime and violence by emphasizing data collection and analysis? In Uruguay's capital city Montevideo, police are using a software program called PredPol to predict when and where crimes are most likely to occur. The software, which was developed by a team of mathematicians and social scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is designed to help police plan their patrols by identifying likely crime hotspots.

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Forbes: Server And Protect: Predictive Policing Firm PredPol Promises To Map Crime Before It Happens

Predictive policing is hot stuff: In a 2012 survey of almost 200 police agencies 70% said they planned to implement or increase use of predictive policing technology in the next two to five years.PredPol is being used in almost 60 departments, the biggest of which are Los Angeles and Atlanta, but Samuels is eyeing more. “My goal by the end of 2015 is to have the majority of large North American metro areas using this,” Samuels says. “The market is ready.”

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Engadget: Police are using software to predict where crime will happen

Developers like PredPol are offering "predictive policing" software that tells cops where and when crimes are likely to happen based on the location, the nature of the crime and the time of day.

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Reading police attribute drop in burglaries to new strategies

Software helps RPD predict time, place crime is most likely to occurDespite a double-digit drop in the number of officers on the force, Reading police have seen a double-digit drop in burglaries throughout the city. New policing strategies implemented by the RPD over the last year have contributed to a 23 percent drop in burglaries, according to Chief Bill Heim. The department, Heim said, has combined predictive policing data with its existing crime-mapping system, allowing it to shift officers' efforts from places that have experience crime to areas where the next crime was predicted to occur.

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Reading cops use software to predict where crime will happen

It's called PredPol, predictive policing software and Reading Chief William Heim says it's responsible for a 23 percent drop in burglaries, even though he has 45 fewer police officers to patrol the streets.

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KCRA (NBC): Modesto sees double-digit drop in property crimes – lowest in three years

Modesto police officials say they’ve seen a double-digit drop in burglaries, robberies and vehicle thefts in the past 10 months, and they credit the department’s new policing strategies for the city’s lowest property crime rates in three years.See coverage from the Modesto Bee at http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article3790616.html and from NBC-KCRA at http://www.kcra.com/news/modesto-pd-sees-doubledigit-drop-in-crime/29691122

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Atlanta Magazine: Predictive Policing crime prevention software successful for APD

The Atlanta Police Department is ready to call PredPol a success. Before fully integrating the program, the force instituted a 90-day pilot, using it in two of APD’s six zones. By the end of the testing, crime had dropped noticeably in those two zones compared with the benchmark of the previous year. Browning cautions against attributing that drop entirely to PredPol, but readily acknowledges that it made a huge difference.

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FASTER THAN THE POLICE ALLOWED with computer programs against burglars

Translated from German: Predictive policing is, the concept concisely in English. And you look at the reports of the past few weeks, Keywan Tonekaboni as you might think: Predictive policing is now a reality...As a basis for the forecasts are for reference only and time of the crime scene of previous crimes, as well as the procedure and purchased is prey. Personal data such as offender profiles or mobile data is not used.

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La Tercera: The science that predicts crime

Translated: One of the most advanced programs in this area is PredPol, software that was inspired systems for earthquake prediction and is being tested in several police units in California. The effectiveness of the first tests was such that the magazine Time chose him as one of the 50 best inventions of 2011. The anthropologist Jeffrey Brantingham UCLA is one of its creators. He said he became interested in the area because his parents were two prominent criminologists Simon Fraser U., Canada.

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Fortune: Bright lights, big cities, bigger data

PredPol uses 10 years of police data to predict where the next rash of crimes will break out based on these factors. In 2011 the Los Angeles Police Department rolled out PredPol in its Foothill Division. Four months later, crime had dropped 13% in the policed area, compared to increasing 0.4% where PredPol wasn’t used.

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WSB-TV: Atlanta police says city's crime rate is down

Atlanta's crime rate is down 19%.

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New police software predicts crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – New software at the Little Rock Police Department will now help officers forecast crime in the city.

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Intelligence Based Software Helps Police Predict Crimes

With a few clicks of the keyboard, years of crime data and a mathematical algorithm, police are working to predict crime before it happens.

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CNN: Police embracing tech that predicts crimes

PredPol's usage in LA, Santa Cruz, and more about the usage of predictive policing.

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NBC: Cops Credit "Predictive Policing" for Zero Crime Day

Police are crediting the new high-tech crime fighting technique called predictive policing for a zero crime day in the LAPD Foothill Division. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

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The Atlantic: To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.

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FOX Atlanta: Computer tries to predict future crime spots

The future is now for the Norcross Police Department. Officers there use a special computer program that tries to predict where crime will happen; specifically, places police may be overlooking.

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The Economist: Don't Even Think About It

“Intelligent policing can convert modest gains into significant reductions in crime.” PredPol News from July 2013.

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NPR: "All Things Considered"

“Older systems show where crime has been. This system looks forward.” PredPol News from July 2013.

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NBC Learn: Science Behind the News -- Predictive Policing

A quick look at how the LAPD uses Predictive Policing. PredPol News from February 2013.

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Seattle Times: PredPol Will Allow Us to be Proactive Rather than Reactive

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Chief John Diaz announced today that police have begun using new “predictive policing” software in the city’s East and Southwest precincts in an effort to reduce crime through analysis of data on crime and location. PredPol News from February 2013.

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NBC News: A Cliff-like Drop when Predictive Policing Began

At a growing number of Los Angeles Police Stations, during roll call, every patrol officer is handed a mission map marked with one or more small squares. Each square denotes a real location in the officer’s patrol area, 500 feet by 500 feet, in which a computer algorithm predicts a crime is going to take place that day. PredPol News from January 2013.

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Officer.com: To Predict & Serve

Recently a Santa Cruz, Calif. police officer noticed a suspicious subject lurking around parked cars. When the officer attempted to make contact, the subject ran. The officer gave chase; when he caught the subject he learned he was a wanted parolee. Because there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest, the subject was taken to jail. PredPol News from January 2013.

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AP: Sci-fi Policing -- Predicting Crime Before it Occurs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur. PredPol News from July 2012.

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CBS: "Predictive Policing" Making LA Safer

The LAPD is implementing a computer-based program called “Predictive Policing,” which uses mathematical calculations to predict where crime will occur, reports Bob Orr. PredPol News from April 2012.

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Time Magazine: Preemptive Policing

Police officers in Santa Cruz, California, are getting ahead of the bad guys by figuring out where crimes will be committed before they take place. Using a computer program developed by mathematicians, an anthropologist and a criminologist, officers are able to predict what areas of the city are most at risk for future crimes and the time the crimes are most likely to occur, so they can have a member of the force at the ready. PredPol News from November 2011.

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NY Times: Sending the Police Before There's a Crime

The arrests were routine. Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One woman was found to have outstanding warrants; the other was carrying illegal drugs. PredPol News from August 2011.

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NBC: Santa Cruz PD's Predictive Policing Program

A new crime fighting strategy where the motto for police isn’t just “to protect” but “to predict and serve”… Here in Santa Cruz, early indications suggest the program is working. In fact, burglaries here were down 27% in July compared to the same month a year ago. PredPol News from August 2011.

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ABC: Santa Cruz Police Using Computer Program to Predict, Prevent Crime

Police are getting closer to the sci-fi future – a daily forecast that shows where new crimes are likely to crop up. It doesn’t just tell you what will be, it tells you when it will be and what type of crime it will be. Major cities across the country are working to start similar programs. PredPol News from August 2011.

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