View Full Version : Not science fiction: Miami wants to predict when and where crime will occur

04-23-2015, 08:27 PM
Armed with high-tech software and years of crime data, Miami police believe they will soon be able to stop crimes by predicting when and where they will occur.

It sounds a little like something out of a science fiction novel, but the department is in the process of adopting a system called HunchLab that produces maps showing small areas where specific crimes are likely to be committed during shifts. The probability program is a geographical version of “predictive policing” software, which more departments are using — even if, in the words of one supportive cop, it’s “kind of scary.”
Similar algorithm-based programs have been credited with lowering crime rates in cities around the country, and some South Florida departments recently have adopted their own systems. In Miami’s case, the department is funding the implementation of HunchLab and other software programs with a $600,000 federal grant doled out by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to encourage smart policing tactics.

Quick, someone call Sharpton, I smell racism a comin'

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article19256145.html#storylink=cpy

04-23-2015, 08:58 PM
Quick, someone call Sharpton, I smell racism a comin'

The left will call this "profiling".

04-23-2015, 09:12 PM
The left will call this "profiling".

I'm going to file this under "what were they thinking"!

Dlr Pyro
04-23-2015, 09:21 PM
Wasn't this the basic plot of minority report?

04-23-2015, 10:38 PM
Wasn't this the basic plot of minority report?

Yes but only for murder.

04-23-2015, 10:46 PM
If crime data results in focusing in non-white neighborhoods, it'll be denounced as "profiling". And if fewer crimes in those neighborhoods are solved and crime increases, it'll be denounced as discriminative policing. Damned if they do, damned if they don't!

04-23-2015, 10:47 PM
Many departments already kinda do this in larger cities. If you have a particular area where crime is happening, and of a certain type, you know ahead enough to add additional police to patrol those areas at that given time. To say you need a computer to tell you what you should already know is sad.

ralph wiggum
04-24-2015, 12:56 AM
Wasn't this the basic plot of minority report?
Yes it was. Interesting movie, I'd kinda like to check out the book which I believe was the basis.

04-24-2015, 09:26 AM
The current Detroit Police Chief, James Craig, is pro-armed citizens. He thinks that prevents a lot of crimes.