Predictive Policing: Authorities Prevent Crime Using Algorithms

Precrime, thoughtcrime it’s all happening now.


It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but authorities are starting to adopt computer programs running algorithms to establish crime maps, and even determine where crimes could happen, before they happen. PredPol, a computer program developed to predict crime in real time, is currently deployed across parts of metropolitan London, and has reduced crime rates.

The tool aims to create crime heat maps and predict when and where crime will happen using algorithms so that law enforcement can increase its presence at the right moment to apprehend criminals, or hopefully even prevent crime from happening altogether.