Real-time intelligence and police demand-matching become so exact and quick that would-be offenders are deterred by a sense of “justice everywhere.” Analytics such as crime mapping, geospatial prediction, data mining and social network analysis, as well as omnipresent sensor networks and, ultimately, driverless cars that allow officers to operate as data mechanics in a mobile laboratory, coalesce to deliver not just faster response times when crimes occur but the intelligence needed to thwart crimes before they happen.
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The PredPol tool, piloted in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz police departments, helps develop probabilities of future crime events. During a pilot in the Los Angeles’ Foothill division, PredPol helped reduce property crimes by 13 percent within four months.