How Analytics Helps Crime Fighters

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 11-23-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    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.
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    Crime-Fighting Analytics Software
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    Crime-Fighting Analytics Software

    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.
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    Crime-Fighting Software Adoption Rates Lag

    Asked why crime-fighting software adoption rates are not higher, 66% cited a lack of funds.
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    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.
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    Crime Analytics Software in Action

    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
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    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.
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    Software Trumps Cameras

    Respondents said they would prefer allocating funds to crime-fighting software rather than body cameras, if they had a choice.
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    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%
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    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).
 

Law enforcement’s ability to use data and technology to battle crime is one of the most significant developments in policing. According to a new study, 88% of U.S. law enforcement officials believe that big data analytics has significant potential to fight crime. Yet nearly two-thirds do not use analytics because of budget constraints. The survey, "The Second Annual Wynyard Group Advanced Crime Analytics Survey," was conducted by the Wynyard Group, which makes crime-fighting software. The survey polled 450 police chiefs, federal investigators, analysts and other law enforcement officials. "Law enforcement resources are stretched thin, both in terms of budget and manpower, and there is a continual push to do more with less," said Derek Brown, vice president of the Americas at Wynyard, "The survey data clearly show that law enforcement believes analytics and intelligence-led policing can do that."

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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