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Can police predict crimes?

New technology makes prevention possible

By Martin Innes   June 2013

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Police are responding to a perplexing crime mystery. Since the mid-1990s, there have been sustained reductions in crime, and these have continued despite the onset of austerity. It is a trend running counter to Home Office modeling, based upon long-term historical data, that confidently asserted crime would increase in a recession.

A complex set of social, political, economic and technological factors have all contributed to this crime drop. But as the effects…

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