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Law Enforcement Focus On Future Crime

July 31, 2012 by  

Law Enforcement Focus On Future Crime
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Some law enforcement agencies are now using cameras that sense suspicious behavior.

Heavily armed and paranoid seems to be the new modus operandi of many law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

New reports indicate that law enforcement agencies are increasingly adopting the use of software that uses algorithms to predict where and when crimes are likely to take place by monitoring human behavior. The software examines a database of thousands of crimes and uses algorithms and different variables like geographical location, criminal records and ages of previous offenders to predict where, when and how a crime could possibly be committed. Law agencies are then able to increase patrols and physical or electronic surveillance in those areas.

Another pre-crime tactic being adopted by law enforcement is the use of cameras that sense suspicious behavior, according to a recent Daily Mail report. The cameras, manufactured by the Texas-based company BLS Labs, have been installed at tourist attractions, government buildings and military bases in the United States. Most recently, the company has been hired to install 288 of the cameras throughout the San Francisco mass transit system.

The cameras, which are reportedly able to track about 150 individuals at a time, are able to build a memory of “suspicious” behaviors. When the cameras observe behavior they deem out of the ordinary, they are able to immediately alert onsite guards via text message.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • T. Jefferson

    Have you ever watched “Person of Interest”? You should. It may be closer to the truth than you want to believe.

    • ehs

      “Person of Interest” was the first thing I thought of when I read this…

  • Charlie Tall

    Would anyone have a list of what is considered suspicious behavior? I’d like to start behaving that way to drive the system nuts.

    • 45caliber

      I know the feeling exactly!

      Since the government monitors all emails, phone calls, etc. to watch for various code words some of the people in IT here at my plant tend to send messages to each other titled “this is NOT a BOMB threat!”

      • my 2¢ worth

        On the surface, that sounds like a very good disclaimer but their defeating the purpose as ‘not’ is irrelevant while the word ‘bomb’ is the red flager, no matter how you state it.

  • Ted Crawford

    Seems like a scene from the movie Minority Report, as I recall that didn’t go so well !
    Things continue to become ever more CREEPY! First the 9/11 attacks, seemingly an adaption from Tom Clancys book Executive Orders, now this ! Reality stranger than fiction ?

  • Aberdeem

    Lets get more machines to do the jobs of more people. This will help our economy.

  • http://omniv8 pete0097

    They already do this. See red-light cameras and speed traps. THey will now say they need cameras in movie theatres to watch the patrons.

    • 45caliber

      Check England. They have cameras everywhere, supposedly to “solve crimes”. Basically, you can’t do anything or go anywhere without being watched and tracked. Our government officials simply want to keep up with the Mother Country.

  • dan

    When will they install these in police squad rooms and Congress ?…how about WallStreet or the Chicago Merc ?

    • box-bb-car

      We don’t have enough manpower to cover all the suspicious behavior in Congress and the Whitehouse.

      • 45caliber

        Box:

        That’s why they need these cameras. The computers can watch them. But … that’s not FAIR! After all, these are the people who must tell us what to eat and wear. How can we even think that they might “have problems” too? They are far too smart for that!

      • my 2¢ worth

        At the very least we should put dummies up just to give them the impression that their being watched.

  • 45caliber

    I keep remembering a book I read awhile back. Can’t remember the title. It was about the police arresting “criminals” BEFORE they committed a crime. How in the world are you going to prove you wouldn’t have committed the crime they charge you with?

  • diderot

    Cameras in the US Senate, now!

  • Dave

    The sad thing is that they will tell you they are doing this to keep you safe. They do not care about your saftey. They only want to be able to watch all of us and fine you every chance they get with a ticket in the mail. The only people gov cares about are themselves. They want all the power and they need to spy on everyone to be hold power. If there was an uprising they want to see coming and send out their forces to crush it asap.

    • 45caliber

      Sadly, I think you are right. The entire camera thing revolves around more ticket money.

      Houston put in some cameras. The people voted them out. The City Council then complained that they were going to lose $10 mil a month – as if the people aren’t the ones paying it. A judge finally rules that the city had a contract with some firm out of AZ that was supplying the cameras and the city couldn’t cancel the contract so the voters were to be ignored. The cameras are back in service – and there is apparently no way to get out of that contract UNLESS THE CITY COUNCIL WANTS TO DO IT.

    • 45caliber

      Dave:

      Incidently, over 60% of all US spy satellites are pointed at the US. They take a photo of the entire country every four seconds with cameras sensitive enough to read a newspaper on the ground. They could be used to solve crimes but they don’t want to do that for fear the people in the country might get upset if they knew they were being watched all the time. They used a satellite photo to identify Tim McVey, in fact, and were able to warn the police ahead of his flight to watch for him.

  • rawise

    i thought of Minority Report…

  • diderot

    YOU are the enemy!

  • 45caliber

    One thing about these cameras that the police don’t ever mention. (And it is probably part of the reason that they want to ban guns.) These cameras make great targets and are easy to disable with one shot. In fact, in some areas of Houston (which they never talk about) they can’t keep a camera up for more than a day or so.

  • http://PLD FRENCHIE

    OH, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD… LAW ENFORCEMENT, GET THIS STRAIGHT -ORWELL’S 1984 WAS A WARNING, NOT A BLUEPRINT FOR TYRANNY !!!!

  • Okie

    I thought of the Minority Report and Person of Intrest too. Then I thought, “This is OK but profiling by TSA isn’t?” If TSA would quit treating every person as a suspect and profile like Isreal and others do, they would be much more efficient and might even be able to earn a little respect from US citizens.

    • 45caliber

      Okie:
      But suppose they did profile? Worse, suppose they actually identified a potential terrorist? When confronted, he might try to set off a bomb! Right beside one of them! Wouldn’t it be much better if the terrorist was allowed to get on a plane and put someone ELSE at risk? They wouldn’t be harmed themselves and could rightously say that they were following rules to not profile as the reason they allowed the terrorist on the plane. You wouldn’t want (or expect) them to put themselves in real danger, would you? That’s why they pick on old ladies and infants instead of turban heads. (They pick on pretty girls for another reason, of course.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gimmesumadat.whatyougot Gimmesumadat Whatyougot

    New Wal-Mart stores are equipped with the same system. Cameras are watching behavior. Hand movements are followed in case you reach into your pocket, a red outline around your hand stays with you on the security monitor until you leave the store. Stand too long in one spot, the system puts a red line all around you on the monitor, and follows you around the entire store.

    FedEx has listening software over their phone systems, waiting for ‘key words’ to light up the recording process.

    Also, FRENCHIE…Minority Report and 1984 “Are” blueprints for tyranny! The truth is always right in front of our faces. Society is so “dumb-ed down” they won’t recognized it until it bites ‘em on the ass!

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