SC City Using IBM Hotspotting Software To Forecast Crime

IBM is helping the Charleston, S.C. Police Department evaluate and forecast crime patterns by using analytics software, the company announced Monday.

More than 400 officers will use use the company’s predictive analytics software to allocate resources and identify crime hot spots.

According to the company, the software analyzes past and current crime records and evaluates incident and arrest patterns around the city.

Over the past five years, the city has used a crime analysis system, and increased targeted patrol strategies using weekly crime meetings to identify hot spots.

Charleston’s police force will use the company’s software to centralize data including patrols, types of criminal offenses that are trending, time of day, day of week and weather conditions.

In late January, the company provided the same software to the Rochester Police Department in Minnesota.

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