In January 2018, Lancashire police started to implement Amazon Alexa as a tool to help with crime detection and prevention. The technology also improved police efficiency and speed. The application allows any user to verbally report crimes though Alexa. Users may also receive warnings about local crimes and suspected criminals spoken to them. Developing situations could alert local homes of nearby crimes so Alexa users can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
Now, UK police are considering AI to help prevent violent crime before they happen! Individuals will be flagged by the AI and given choices to avert potential criminal behavior. The system is called the National Data Analytics Solution and uses AI and statistics to asses the risk of someone committing or becoming a victim of violent crime. High-risk individuals that are flagged by the AI will receive preemptive counselling, not an arrest. The help and support of counselors can hopefully prevent people from committing crimes before they happen.
Technology like this brings up obvious concerns involving privacy, inaccurate predictions, and potential Human Rights violations. We will just have to wait and see how the system works. A prototype is due by the end of March 2019 and will be designed for every police force to use in the UK.
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