Location data used for "predictive policing" in Santa Cruz, Calif.

08/17/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Police in Santa Cruz, Calif., are using crime location data and maps to prevent crime before it happens. The program pinpoints crime "hot spots" using technology based on models for predicting earthquakes. Data are updated daily to generate fresh predictions. After the department's experiment in "predictive policing" began, burglaries decreased 27% in July compared with the same time last year.

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