Jack Smith IV at Tech.Mic:
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Every morning, officers across the nation get a predictive map that tells them where crime is likely to happen before it’s committed. When the mapping systems used by Detroit Police Department started showing an increase of auto theft and larceny downtown, Detroit’s 1st Precinct got together and laid a trap.
The thieves were two local restaurant workers, casing cars on their smoke breaks and cracking windows. Thanks to the predictive maps, the precinct knew the rough locations and the times the suspects would be out. They even knew the make and model of the cars the perps would target, Officer Steve Shank told Mic. So the officers set out bait cars wired with cameras, sensors and GPS tracking devices. In the summer, the maps started to turn up bike theft, and the precinct set up bait bikes using the same techniques.