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LexisNexis Accurint Phone Search to Locate Hard-to-Find Persons (Article)

The new LexisNexis Accurint Real-Time Phones Search now provides primary phone contact information 50 percent more accurate than competitive solutions thanks to enhanced data-matching intelligence and more data sources to draw from.

The spatial distribution of smoking violations on a non-smoking campus: Implications for prevention (Article)

Objective: The present study extends research on campus smoking bans by examining where smokers are violating the policy at a large university in the southeastern region of the United States. Participants: The data collection was conducted by one graduate student from the university in August of 2014. Methods: A global positioning system device was used to collect the geo-coordinates of littered cigarette butts as a proxy measure for smoking violations. Results: A hot spot analysis found a number of spatial concentrations on campus, largely around classroom and administrative buildings along with parking lots and garages. Conclusions: The implications of such findings can direct enforcement to target these areas in order to reduce offenses and fulfill the initial goals of policy-makers and university administrators who support smoke-free campuses.

Six “Must Have” Tools for Crime Analysts (Article)

Crime Analysts across the country are becoming the secret weapons for their organizations. Their crime products, whether the identification of crime patterns, problem areas, or spotting repeat offenders, are helping organize and prioritize crime reduction responses and community policing efforts.

To empower these secret weapons, crime analysts must have the proper tools to be successful in their roles. In this article we identify the top seven tools every crime analyst must own.

Chemical-metallographic test with nitric acid on the vehicle body and chassis of steel (Article)

The alteration of a vehicle identification characteristics is
carried out with the use of emery and sandpaper to erase
the information in order to subsequently superimpose different
numeric or alphanumeric codes, thus preventing the
verification of its former origin or ownership and hindering
its tracking. Chemical attack has been recognized as the
most sensitive technique to retrieve altered serial numbers,
and this article was aimed at assessing the effectiveness
of nitric acid (HNO3) 3.15 M in revealing them on body and
chassis surfaces with steel, low-carbon and medium carbon
steel alloys respectively. Four tests were performed: (i)
Bodywork: marking, and erasing with grinding machine,
(ii) bodywork: marking with electric pen, and manual deletion;
(iii) chassis: marking, and manual deletion, and (iv)
manual marking, and erasing with grinding machine. In all
tests carried out, erased markings were retrieved in a few
seconds, with definition and contrast.

Data Cop: Law Enforcement Officials See a Bigger Place for Crime Analysts in Policing (Article)

Article discusses how data-driven methods in policing continue to grow.

Ripeness and Hot Spots in Time: Possible Futures in Micro Place-Based Policing  (Article)

Place-based policing is known to help decrease crimes. Specific areas have properties that make them more attractive for specific types of crimes. Crime analysis seems to have moved from a more generalized mapping of hot spots to a more finely-grained map. The term “Micro” has become common in geospatial studies.

In policing, predictive analytics uses micro-level analysis, which allows crime analysts to make more mathematically sophisticated analyses of place and crime. Using predictive analytics, one can identify areas where increased police patrol is required to deter criminal activity.

At the September 2014 IACA, Training Conference I demonstrated a prototype technique to identify grid squares, wherein specific crime types were occurring at unusual levels. At the end of that demonstration, I proposed several phenomena for future study. The purpose of this paper is to further explain and identify methods to isolate these phenomena.

C.I.A. Officers and F.B.I. Agents, Meet Your New Partner: The Analyst (Article)

Article talks about analysts' integral role in federal agencies.

Police use data, technology to predict crime (Article)

Police use data, technology to predict crime.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton's war on highway graffiti: It's personal (Article)

NYPD Commissioner Bratton uses "GraffitiStat" meetings to take a closer look at Graffiti problems on the Long Island Expressway. GraffitiStat is "modeled after the NYPD's CompStat crime analysis system."

After several high-profile incidents, what can be done to tamp down violent crime in Columbia (Article)

Article on Colombia Missouri's growth and subsequent changes in crime. Analyst Jerry East discusses the impact drugs and gangs have had on violent crime.

Bank robbery suspect arrested thanks to detective's hunch and crime analyst's work (Article)

Madison PD's crime analyst successfully predicts a Bank Robber's next target based on the suspect's previous crimes.

Kenora OPP looking to predict crime (Article)

The OPP in Kenora are hoping to address crime before it happens through crime analysis.

When Addicts Come Calling: Police Tackle A Spate Of Opiate-Fueled Burglaries (Article)

Discussion of heroin-related crimes, specifically burglaries, being felt throughout all levels of a community.

OC Transpro will use crime data to better deploy security personnel (Article)

OC Transpro is compiling two years of incident reports along with information on any new incidents in an effort to identify trends in criminal activity.

How Cold Temperatures Impact Area Crime (Article)

Lafayette PD's Crime Analyst discusses how the cold weather has impacted crime.

Pittsfield's New Crime Analyst Already Detecting Criminals (Article)

Pittsfield (MA) PD hired their first crime analyst - their Chief notes she is already helping to identify similar burglaries, what items are targeted, and places they are pawned!

Hundreds stealing to survive in York (Article)

Crime Analyst in York notes an increasing number of shoplifters stealing food to survive.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, an NDI-RS Customer, Announces Significant Drop in Crime in  (Article)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD saw a drop in crime in 2013. Their Chief credits their Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) as providing intelligence for Detectives and Officers.

Sheriff reports crime decrease in unincorporated Durham (Article)

Article discussing Durham County's drop in crime during 2013. Crime analysis technology played a role in pinpointing problem areas and helping to guide the County's resources.

RCMP graph shows startling increase in graffiti (Article)

Crime analysis played a key role in identifying trends and patterns in the graffiti as well as helped to track down known and suspect offenders.

Theft-related crimes decline by 46 percent in 2013 (Article)

Clayton County (GA) discusses how "community oriented policing" along with "crime-oriented and intelligence-driven policy" have contributed to their success in decreasing theft related crimes.

New Sheriff's Office employee fights crime analytically (Article)

Cecil County Sheriff's Office recently hired a new Crime Analyst through a grant under the Safe Streets program. This article discusses her role in the organization.

Scottsdale led Valley in decrease of violent crimes in 2012 (Article)

Scottsdale PD sees decrease in violent crimes and discusses how crime-prevention & intelligence sharing has helped.

LAPD Command Post: What do they do in there? (Article)

Brief article discussing the LAPD's real time crime analysis center (RACR).

Redlands Honors Local Heroes (Article)

The city of Redlands honored local heroes including their Crime Analyst, Amy Varela for her impact in helping to solve crimes.

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