The Washington Post had a piece yesterday that looked at how predictive technology used by the military to analyze improvised explosive device sites is being used by police to predict where crimes are more likely to occur. The technology was used to narrow down the list of potential targets during the investigation of a shooting spree in Virginia.
They had analyzed hundreds of factors such as the gunman’s sight lines, access points and escape routes. His escape route was particularly important; he stayed close to highways.
With the data, they produced a list of hundreds of likely target areas, along with the probability that the shooter would visit each one. It helped them figure out where to focus resources and what to protect.