Police in Charleston, S.C., are testing predictive analytics software from IBM as a way of predetermining where robberies and other crimes are likely to occur, then dispatching officers to those locations as a preventative measure, reports Information Week.
The city’s police department already uses a crime analysis system, holds weekly meetings to identify hot spots of activity, and has invested in technology to improve the “situational awareness” of its force. The predictive analysis software will take those efforts a step further by analyzing past and present crime records and evaluating incident and arrest patterns around the city. Other cities using IBM’s predictive analytics for crime prevention include Las Vegas, Memphis, and Rochester, Minn. In 2010, Memphis attributed a 31% decline in serious crime over several years largely to its “Blue Crush” preventative analytics system.