Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Software Tool May Help Prevent Crime

As innovations in technology make it easier for even small law enforcement agencies to track data related to repeat crime patterns, agencies increasingly try to mine this data for information that will help them allocate limited staffing resources and potentially keep crime from happening.

A team of researchers from the Temple University Center for Security and Crime Science have used crime data to develop a software tool known as PROVE (Prediction of Repeat Offending and Victimization in the Environment) that may help agencies predict locations of crimes. They developed this tool using data from the U.S. Census Bureau for the city of Philadelphia and crime data from the city’s police department.

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