Vancouver police rely on artificial intelligence to combat residential break-ins

The Vancouver Police Department has become the first force in Canada to implement predictive policing technology. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chief Adam Palmer and special Cst. Ryan Prox explained how software using artificial intelligence is being used to address property crime. A new computer modelling system predicts locations where break-ins are likely to occur over two-hour periods. “Our officers can use this information to be proactive and take steps to try to prevent crime,” Palmer said. The chief noted in his presentation that it’s far easier to predict locations where break-ins are more likely than forecasting where violent crime might occur. In 2016, there were nearly six residential break-ins and more than seven commercial break-ins on average per day in Vancouver. Prox said that a six-month pilot project last year looked at break-in rates south of Broadway after data was fed into the system, analyzed by the software, and made available to patrol and community safety officers in the field. Two separate models were examined. In once instance, community safety officers implemented preventive measures within a 500-metre radius of the location where a higher risk of break-ins was predicted. In the other case, sworn police officers were dispatched within a…

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