Seek and you shall find – crime prediction software

A blog post I wrote earlier this month for The University of Northampton News.

The BBC recently reported that 14 police forces in England use a piece of software that is being used to identify and ‘track’ perceived criminals, with a view to reducing the likelihood of them committing crime. Our ‘eye on crime’ Jessica Ritchie, Lecturer in Criminology, gives her thoughts about this and its possible implications.

Northamptonshire police are one of the counties who are using Qlik software to map crime. The tool is used to both map data to identify crime hotspots but also calculate individual risk assessments – to predict how likely an individual is to commit a crime or to be a victim of crime.

Sounds great – doesn’t it?…

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