The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) noted a dramatically declining rate of crime back in 2005 which motivated them to act smartly and stay a step ahead. As part of the same mindset, the VPD mentioned how a technology recently coming in use could be used by them too, for predicting and fighting crime. The technology in talk is, crime analytics, which is provided by many security solution providing giants like, Wynyard Group ACA (Advanced Crime Analytics). It is observed that when Vancouver police was able to achieve a rapid decline in crime rate with only manpower how much difference could a technology bring?
Property crime is the damage of a property belonging to someone else or even to yourself (to claim insurance compensation). Property crime is a category in which a property of any kind (belongings or house) is harmed or stolen in any of the following forms, theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny, vandalism, arson, and shoplifting.
Vancouver Police and Predictive Technology
Vancouver police department found out that ‘predictive’ technology uses past trends and records of criminals to determine when and where a possible break-in is likely to occur. This was a first of its kind step to be taken in Canada. Experiencing a dramatic decline in crime rate ratio motivated the Vancouver police. The motivation further intrigued VPD stay a step ahead of the criminals by implementing the use of a smart technology – crime prediction. According to the police chief of Vancouver department, Adam Palmer, using the crime fighting technology will help avoid a catastrophic event in time and prevent the loss of property and life too.
Wynyard Group, a renowned security solution provider in the US developed a successful proprietary solution namely, Advanced Crime Analytics. The software solution is built to render similar benefits and is designed to facilitate law enforcements, police departments, and investigation departments. The only difference is that crime detection and prevention based on geographical location is a single aspect of the solution and not the only dedicated functionality it offers. This makes the software extremely suitable for Vancouver police department keeping in mind all around aspects and future requirements.
The 80 Per Cent Accuracy Quotient
Vancouver police didn’t just choose to implement a technology as a resourceful helping hand to fight crime. Reportedly, the department conducted thorough tests for examining the authenticity and success quotient of the technology. It was found that the technology determines 80 per cent of accuracy in fighting crime, most specifically, property crime. Property crime is relatively higher in Vancouver which called for the need of a technology that could come handy in fighting the same.
Chief of police, Palmer stated that during the testing of the system for crime detection the ratio of property crime spiked in south of Broadway which is typically known for experiencing it relatively higher than other regions during summer.
Location-based crime analytics is generally helpful in fighting a variety of crimes besides just property crime. Thus, the use of advanced crime analytics technology like the one offered by Wynyard Group can advantage Vancouver police on a larger scale if seen from an all round perspective.