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How London Cops Used Low-Tech Version of Predictive Policing

Minority Report with Neal McDonough and Tom Cruise, 2002. Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks L.L.C.
Minority Report with Neal McDonough and Tom Cruise, 2002. Photograph: Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks L.L.C.

While reporting on how big data could be used to help law enforcementidentify the next felon , or conversely, target innocent people, I heard one anecdote about predictive policing that was decidedly low tech, but no less intriguing.

It came from Peter Ship, a former detective with London's Metropolitan Police Service , who described an effort that he and his colleagues used in the 1990s to try to reduce the number of rapes occurring in the city.