Jen Q. Public: Predict criminal activity and effectively investigate crime

Digital Marketing Lead, Public Services Sector, IBM Analytics

April 23, 2015, 10:55 p.m.

Dear analytics diary,

Something really interesting is happening these past few nights. It has been eerily silent with not even a siren in the distance. Even the rats are still. It’s as if everyone knows that the ever-present Lieutenant Analytics is on high alert ensuring the scene never becomes a crime scene. It made me wonder “How are the police doing? Are crime rates down? Is analytics really helping the force?"

I overheard my neighbor saying, “I’m not one to gossip, but I heard a Lieutenant on the news say that their Chief had reduced violent crime rate by 39 percent!" Amazed, I tiptoed away to do my own digging.

Sure enough, the city of Lancaster in California saw a crime rate reduction of over 35 percent from using analytics to understand crime trends and deploy resources more effectively. Memphis also used analytics to help reduce crime by almost 30 percent. Digging some more, I realized that Mesa Arizona’s police department reduced crime by 25 percent using analytic technologies to turn raw data in the field to actionable insight.

It’s pretty cool that mobile access to data and analytics can help officers quickly validate clues and compare partial observations, such as vehicle license plates, distinguishing markings such as scars, known affiliations and recent addresses, to help solve an ongoing investigation. With all this predictive analytics and intelligent policing I think I just might snore harder tonight.

Until next time!


Jen Q. Public

Make your city safer with analytics