The 2002 Minority Report presents a world in which criminals are caught before they commit a crime. So far we do not have similar technology yet, but the first steps towards its acquisition were made by researchers from the Italian University of Trento.
Within the framework of the “Once Upon a Crime” study, an algorithm was developed to predict crime committed in London. Of course, this is not the case here, but rather the overall level, which will allow us to predict where they might grow in the near future and prevent it from being sent to increased patrols.
The researchers used anonymous data collected from O2 cellphone users for the period from December 2012 to January 2013. They then used a small portion to teach the algorithm to find correlations between collected data and local crime statistics. In this way, we have been able to create an algorithm that can predict the future level of crime in the areas of the city.
Without data collected from mobile phones, the accuracy of predictions was up to 62 percent, but with data up to 70 percent. This will help to identify where in the nearest future it can become dangerous and to send more police patrols there, thus protecting the citizens.