California Police Test New Tool To Predict Where Crime Will Happen Next!
Published on April 23, 2012
Officers in Santa Cruz are using new technology involving an algorithm, which is a complicated math equation, to get a jump on crime.
Santa Cruz police are using algorithms to predict crimes like car thefts and burglaries before they happen. The program generates ten "hot spot" maps each day, letting officers know where a crime is likely to occur.
With police departments facing budget cuts across the country, the system gives them a powerful tool. Crime analysts say they really see the algorithm's predictions as the future of law enforcement.