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Vancouver Launches New Crime Prediction Model

The gap between sci-fi and everyday life continues to narrow. In a page from the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Minority Report, the Vancouver Police Department says it will be the first in Canada to begin using a new crime-prediction model designed to stop crimes before they happen. The model allows police officers to forecast where property crimes will occur, and then sets up zones around targeted sites where officers are sent to deter thieves. The mapping tool has been installed on mobile computers in patrol cruisers. An article about the announcement appearing in the Toronto Metro news cheerfully advises: “Better think twice before committing a crime—the Vancouver Police Department might already be on its way to apprehend you.” —TV

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