Predict Crime Like You Predict The Weather
from the tomorrow-should-be-high-in-vandalism,-but-a-low-in-shoplifting dept
Not quite to the level of "Minority Report", but researchers are working on ways to predict crime in any given area. The work is actually similar to predicting the weather - taking different bits of trending information and using it to predict future results. So far, they say that within a given police beat, they can predict crime levels (on a monthly basis) accurately 80% of the time. The best leading indicators are apparently "soft crime" increases - such as "mischief, disorderly conduct, and trespassing". As they point out, it seems pretty obvious, but this is the first time anyone is doing anything with it. Of course, the other issue is that (unlike the weather), their predictions can impact actions (send more police into a predicted high crime zone), making the end results seem less accurate.