IBM Crime Prediction Tool CRUSH to Trial in UK

The system, known as Crush (Criminal Reduction Utilising Statistical History) evaluates patterns of past and present incidents, then combines the information with a range of data including crime reports, intelligence briefings, offender behaviour profiles and even weather forecasts. This is used to identify potential hot spots and flashpoints, so police forces can allocate resources to areas where particular crimes are most likely to occur.

Successes with the system in Tennesse and Florida have encouraged two UK police forces to trail the system later this year. IBM is said to have invested more than $11bn in predictive analytics in the past four years.

- IT Pro Portal
- The Guardian

Published Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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