Tom Cruise-starrer Minority Report talks about how future technology makes it possible for cops to catch criminals before a crime is committed. Similar technology is budding in India as well. But instead of the three slime-immersed psychic "Precogs" that system relied on, Delhi Police's crime prediction will be based on analytics and solid data. It's like PreCrime, only four decades early. Delhi Police will be able to implement its 'Crime Forecast' plan to predict when and where criminals will strike.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is attempting to use crime data analytics software to enable predictive policing so that crime can be gripped before it takes place.
By March 2018, predictive policing technologies will be available to five states, Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana and Tripura and by the end of 2018 all the states and union territories will have it.
According to the New Indian Express, software that uses crime data analytics is being developed by the Hyderabad-based Advanced Data Research Institute (ADRIN) so that the laws enforcement agencies can figure crime patterns, conduct hotspot analysis and predictive analysis.
Another technique, called proximity analysis, will provide information about criminals, victims, witnesses and other people who are or were within a certain distance of the crime scene. By analyzing demographic and social trends, investigators will be able to understand the changes that have taken place in an area and their impact on criminality.But the question remains evident. Can you seize a potential criminal without him committing a crime?