Police turn to AI to anticipate crime
The Metropolitan Police Department is considering the introduction of a crime prevention system that uses <1> artificial intelligence and <2> big data to predict when and where crimes might occur.
The <3> Kyoto prefectural police have already launched crime prevention measures that <4> harness big data, steps that have resulted in the apprehension of people for crimes including theft and secretly taking photos with a hidden camera.
The MPD plans to combine this system with AI technology to improve its accuracy. In the private sector, the development of new technologies, such as equipment with AI to prevent <5> shoplifting, is also being promoted.
Based on big data including the date, time, location and weather conditions when previous criminal incidents occurred, the envisioned system can predict when and where crimes have a high probability of taking place.
If the system uses AI to learn about criminal psychology, the statements and behavior of suspects in previous cases and other information, its accuracy will increase noticeably.
It is said that the system also will enable police to <6> pinpoint the characteristics of people likely to be victimized by crime.
Police can step up patrols in areas deemed prospective crime scenes by the AI system, helping to prevent incidents before they happen. The MPD expects this to have a major impact in stopping traffic accidents and sex crimes, and in combating street crimes such as <7> bag-snatching.Speech