Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dallas Police Look To Technology To Cool Crime Hot Spots

The Dallas Morning News had a long piece on an initiative by Dallas Police to bundle technology in an effort to drive crime down in the city's crime hot spots.
Police officials estimate the cost to be $300,000 per hot spot. Collectively, those areas account for about 40 percent of the city’s crime and about 6 percent of the geography.

The chief said he is not requesting additional funds during Wednesday’s presentation, but he will be asking the City Council to approve specific deals with vendors in the coming weeks and months. He hopes to begin outfitting some of the top 10 crime hot spots soon.

“I’m pushing for as early before the summer as possible,” Brown said.

Under the plan, each bundle would include 10 cameras, two auto theft bait cars, two burglary bait cars, two license plate readers and an unspecified number of covert cameras. It is unclear how many bait houses and businesses would be set up; those would depend on partnerships with developers and store owners.
While there are quite a number of agencies that use these technologies, I find it interesting that Dallas PD is bundling them together as part of a coordinated strategy to reduce crime in hot spots.  It will be interesting to see how this effort plays out.

What types of crime fighting technology has your agency found that works well bundled together?

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