How Analytics Helps Crime Fighters
Analytics and intelligence-led policing can provide an invaluable resource for crime solving, yet a lack of funding often hinders its adoption.
34% of respondents said they use crime-fighting software, roughly the same as last year. 93% said they expect crime analytics software to become more widely used in the future.
Asked why crime-fighting software adoption rates are not higher, 66% cited a lack of funds.
Of those using some form of technology to fight crime, 77% say they analyze social media for intelligence, and 60% analyze social networks to uncover gang activity.
30% for drug-related crime, 25% for gang violence and crime, 20% for gun-related crime, 18% for fraud and financial crime, 17% for sex crimes
50% of respondents said they would use advanced crime analytics to fight drug crimes. 40% say they would use it specifically to investigate fraud and financial crimes.
Respondents said they would prefer allocating funds to crime-fighting software rather than body cameras, if they had a choice.
Better, faster discovery of relationships between data: 63%, Being able to solve crimes faster: 47%, Being able to make better use of mobile phone data, emails, social media history and other data in investigations: 45%
The greatest impediment to deploying analytic software for fighting crime is having a limited budget, according to 63% of respondents. The second: perceived high cost (45% of respondents).