Authorities in India are working on predictive policing technologies to prevent crime before it takes place. By March 2018, they say five states will already benefit from the big data software #securemagic
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has decided to employ crime data software to map crime patterns and conduct predictive analysis. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, the authorities are going to rely on technology to prevent crime from happening. The software is being developed as we speak by the Hyderabad-based Advanced Data Research Institute.
Data mining techniques that rely on clustering and classification algorithms are going to be used to recognize patterns and use those to make predictions. Information regarding the time of occurrence for past crimes, their exact locations, landmarks in those areas, as well as the days of the week they had taken place and the weather conditions in those days will be considered.
This data will hopefully help the police predict future crimes and send surveillance teams ahead of time. Not just small crimes could be stopped, but also terrorist attacks.
If all goes according to plan, the software will be available to all units from all Indian states and union territories by the end of 2018.