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Pre-Crime Technology

Minority Report is here, people. From D.C. to the U.K., it's all about pre-cog in crime fighting these days.

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  • Washington, D.C.

    A system built by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is already in place in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Using an algorithm that scans crime data, it helps predict if a person is likely to commit a certain type of crime again. The new system in Washington also looks at the age when the crimes were committed. In a story on ABC News, Berk says:

    "People assume that if someone murdered then they will murder in the future. But what really matters is what that person did as a young individual. If they committed armed robbery at age 14 that's a good predictor."

  • Great Britain

    At least two police forces have started using predictive crime technology. As the Telegraph reports:

    The system, known as Crush (Criminal Reduction Utilising Statistical History) evaluates crime records, intelligence briefings, offender profiles and even weather reports, to identify potential flashpoints where a crime is most likely to occur.

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