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The science of fighting crime: predictive crime mapping

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If the police thought more like scientists, would they catch more criminals? A University College London professor explains predictive crime theory.

If the police thought more like scientists, would they catch more criminals?

Professor Gloria Laycock, director of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London, discusses how she and a growing number of researchers say we should approach predictive crime theory: like scientists.

For example, law enforcement could leverage the statistical approach of an epidemiologist: approaching crime like an infection that can spread.

Conveniently, it's also an analogy that police officers and regular citizens can both understand.

Here's the video:

[via The Crime Map]

Image: Bethlehem, Penn. crime map/CrimeMapping.com

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