Great example of how IBM + our partners are helping deliver real world outcomes for our customers. In this case, the location is Memphis, TN where the dedicated men and Womena of the Memphis PD have been able to reduce serious crime by 30% thanks to an analytics solution by IBM and Business Partner ESRI. See the full story here and share it with your customers! http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/leadership/memphispd/
In the city Memphis, violent crime was increasing at a rate of 2.5 percent, citizens were growing concerned and the police department faced frozen or shrinking budgets. Not only were resources stretched thin, but officers also spent hours in the office searching for crime-related information buried in spreadsheets and paper files. Without a more innovative way to increase the overall effectiveness of the department, officials struggled to predict, track, and respond swiftly to unfolding crime, and optimize limited resources and funds.
What makes it smarter?
If you are criminal, Memphis is not the place to be. This forward-thinking police department dramatically decreased criminal activity and increased conviction rates when it implemented an analytics solution with predictive modeling capabilities. With it, the department has unparalleled insight and visibility into criminal activity and crime trends as they are happening. Police have gained a huge advantage; specifically, the ability to identify and predict future crime hot spots. As such, the department can change tactics and redirect patrol resources as needed, to prevent crimes before they happen and catch more criminals in the act. For example, by identifying an increase in burglaries in a particular neighborhood, the department can—on short notice—dispatch officers to that area, on a particular day, at specific times. The solution also helps the department identify factors that may contribute to future crimes, such as abandoned housing.
What are the real business results?
Reduced serious crime by 30 percent
Reduced violent crime by 15 percent
Increased conviction rates fourfold, from 16 percent to nearly 70 percent
Realized 863 percent return on investment paid back in 2.7 months, with an average annual benefit of USD7,205,501
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