Software predicts violent crime: Orange County Sheriff's Office using it to get results on crime

Like every other law enforcement agency in Central Florida, the Orange County Sheriff's Office keeps statistics on every crime committed. But the Orange County Sheriff's Office puts those past numbers to work to predict future crime.

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Fox 5 DC: Predictive Policing used in Hagerstown

Captain Paul Kifer from Hagerstown, Maryland, joined Good Morning DC to talk about their department’s use of PredPol.

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Fox LA: Predictive Policing

Video and story of PredPol in Los Angeles.

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The News Tribune: Burglaries dropping in Tacoma

Our partner agency in Tacoma, WA, who is reducing burglaries with their use of PredPol's predictive policing and their crime fighting efforts.

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WFTV: Cocoa police use software to thwart crime

Learn how our partner agency in Cocoa, FL is using PredPol to "thwart crime" in this video and article.

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First Coast News: Police software claims to predict crime before it happens

This article and video cover Orange County, FL Sheriff's use of PredPol to help aid their efforts to prevent crime.

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UCLA Newsroom: Predictive Policing Test Substantially Reduces Crime!

Learn how PredPol founder, and UCLA professor, Dr. Jeffery Brantingham helped develop and test predictive policing in Los Angeles and Kent, UK in a UCLA-led study!

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Wesh TV: Orange County Sheriff's Office uses powerful new law enforcement tool

Less than 100 law enforcement agencies around the country are using a new technology that can predict where crime is likely to occur. One of those agencies is in Central Florida. The Orange County Sheriff's Office says "predictive policing" is a powerful new tool in the battle against crime. Amanda Ober reports.

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Reading Eagle: Homicides in Reading rise, other crimes down, police say

Our partner agency in Reading, PA, has been using PredPol to help in their crime prevention efforts.The latest story details their multiyear crime drops.

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Santa Clarita Gazette: Is “Predictive Policing” the Law Enforcement of the Future?

You'll learn a little about the origins of predictive policing's in Los Angeles (keep your eye open for the mention of Jeff Brantigham!).

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Kent Online: Predictive policing used in multi-agency operation across the Medway Towns to pinpoint crimes

This editorial explains Medway, UK's use of PredPol to prevent and reduce crime.

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Police Magazine: Predictive Policing: Seeing the Future

Predictive policing tools help law enforcement agencies of all sizes prevent crimes before they happen.This comprehensive review of predictive policing features PredPol’s software and results.

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California Magazine: No One Gets Hurt: Why the Future of Crime May Be Less Violent and More Insidious

"PredPol doesn’t take into account race or other social characteristics, and only predicts where and when crime is most likely to occur based on analysis of past crime patterns." PredPol and our predictive policing software is featured in this story about the future of crime, which includes insight from PredPol co-founder and UCLA professor Jeffery Brantingham.

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AL.com: Forecasting felonies: How Oxford is using 'predictive policing software'

Oxford police for the last month has been testing a software program that helps patrols predict where crimes might happen. "We're enjoying it," Partridge said. "We're looking forward to seeing what else it can do." The program, company officials say, does not represent profiling, because it doesn't collect personal information or use demographic statistical analysis.

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LeMonde: PredPol, Big Data in the Police Service

"The recession has hit Modesto. The police budget has decreased between 2009 and 2013, we lost 12% of our workforce. But during that time, crime increased. The only solution was to innovate " - in other words, to address the shortage of manpower through the use of advanced technologies: "Now we can be proactive, to focus our limited resources on priority areas."(Translated from French)

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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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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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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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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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