You Mean, They Didn’t Already Do This?

A police scheme which uses anonymised A&E data to work out crime hotspots in Cardiff has been so successful it is to be rolled out across the country.

Officers have cut the number of violent incidents, from fist fights to stabbings, by over 40 per cent by counting where they occur according to the records of those admitted to hospital. The police then focused resources on those areas. The results were compared with 14 similar cities and showed that targeting police intervention reduced incidents by 42 per cent.

Surely police officers on the beat are already well aware of where the scummy areas are, where their ‘usual customers’ are most likely to hail from..?

I guess the only difference here is that instead of relying on the ‘area knowledge’ of the cops on the ground, it’s now run by suits in comfortable HQ offices.

10 comments for “You Mean, They Didn’t Already Do This?

  1. June 19, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I suspect the average plod on the street does know where the trouble spots are, however until management level can use some sort of fancy stats and claim some reflected glory then it’s a case of do as you’re told and go where we want.

    • James Harp
      June 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      I suspect that the average plod is aware of all the areas where trouble will occur, and keeps well away

      • Jack Savage
        June 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

        No question about it. Hands up those people who really think that the police like being called to the scene of two blood-covered scallies “duking it out”?

  2. June 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Nothing like a bit of data mining. It seems to work even better than intuition.

    • June 20, 2011 at 5:52 am

      Or instead of it?

  3. PT
    June 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Are the police down there still using quill pens to record crimes in huge leather-bound ledgers? Have they all got enormous mutton-chop whiskers (the men as well?)
    I’ll bet they’ve got computers they’re using to tell them where crimes are occurring, they’re just trying to keep them secret.

  4. Dustybloke
    June 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I understand every officer in every police station now has a personal satnav for use within the building, with essential locations simply marked on the screen, eg TOILET or CANTEEN.

    Sadly, the illiterate coppers are making a real mess of the meat pies.

  5. ivan
    June 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Surely police officers on the beat are already well aware of where the scummy areas are, where their ‘usual customers’ are most likely to hail from..?

    Are you saying that plod actually ‘walks’ the streets using ‘feet’? And there’s me thinking the only walking they do is from their car to yours to give out tickets, oh, and to go and get the doughnuts.

    • June 20, 2011 at 5:53 am

      Oddly enough, I’ve seen quite a lot patrolling the Southend area lately. Perhaps because it’s tourist season?

  6. Monty
    June 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Given that the police these days seem to be more interesting in criminalising the law abiding majority, it occurs to me that concentrating resources on the criminal badlands may indeed turn out to be a radical departure.

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