Regional Crime Analysis: The Proof is in the Outcomes

“The proof is in the outcomes,” might have been said by someone at some point.  But whether or not it was, nothing could be truer when it comes to the value of regional crime analysis.  In my last article, I spoke to the history of data sharing between law enforcement agencies and the struggle that continues today (albeit, less struggle than just two decades ago) in convincing agencies of the value of data sharing and analysis.

Accurint® Crime Analysis, a regional data sharing capability offered by LexisNexis, enables law enforcement agencies across the country to share law enforcement related data from RMS and CAD systems.  And if, indeed, the proof is in the outcomes, the numerous success stories received continually from the customers verify its usefulness.  For instance, Newton, Kansas Police Department (NPD) had a string of car burglaries and through their analysis, they were able to locate a suspect node and develop two strong suspects (brothers).  They also noticed the burglaries were along a travel path to a small market from their apartment complex.  NPD put their photos out to patrol and within the week, they were caught burglarizing a car together.  The burglaries stopped completely after the arrests.

At the Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department (RCPD), Crime Analyst Stacey O’Dell identified high violent crimes areas in the northern area of the city. Using Accurint Crime Analysis, she identified the top locations responsible for violent crimes within each sector. With hotspot maps and peak times, the Street Crimes Unit/sector officers utilized the analytics from Accurint Crime Analysis to fight violent crime in the city netting positive results.

In London, Ontario, the London Police Service (LPS) used Accurint Crime Analysis to identify an increase in residential break and enters to off-campus student homes around Western University (about 30,000 full time students). The program identified the hotspots and allowed LPS to identify that 65% of the entry points were through unlocked doors and windows.    Property stolen was portable valuables such as laptops, cash, and other electronics.  The information was used in a crime prevention initiative that included social media blasts by LPS and the Western University Student Council along with a door-to-door “Keep Calm and Lock Your Door” flyer campaign.    The end result was a statistically significant drop in average incidents, from an average of 33 break-ins over five years to just 14 in 2014.  The campaign was repeated in 2015 and a further reduction down to 8 offenses was recorded.  Analysts there reported that Accurint Crime Analysis made the analysis much quicker than using other software/processes and with a few clicks of the mouse they could quickly look at the problem from various angles.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) in Colorado arrested a suspect during an in-progress storage unit burglary at an apartment complex during the early morning hours.  In addition to recovery items from the storage unit on scene, additional stolen property was recovered in stolen vehicle located in the parking lot of the apartment complex.  A magazine with a name and mailing address in another jurisdiction was also found.  At the time of his arrest there were no other similar burglaries in Douglas County, but using Accurint Crime Analysis, additional burglaries at other apartment complexes in the Denver metro area were found, including three at the apartment complex listed on the magazine.  Douglas County and other surrounding jurisdictions were able to clear numerous cases as well as charge the suspect with several additional burglaries.

These are but a few of the dozens of success stories having been reported from customers using Accurint Crime Analysis.  The value of regional data sharing and regional crime analysis is clear.  As more agencies are added to Accurint Crime Analysis, the value increases.  And, since the program is so easy to use (the learning curve is under an hour), with it readily accessible anywhere an internet browser is available and with it being budget friendly, it is no surprise that agencies are clamoring to become a part of this successful regional data sharing analytical system.

LexisNexis is committed to investing in innovation to support the law enforcement community. Learn about how Accurint® Virtual Crime Center links public records to law enforcement data with analytics for the entire agency.

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