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Police embracing tech that predicts crimes

Software called PredPol calculates its forecasts based on times and locations of previous crimes

By Heather Kelly

For something that predicts the future, the software is deceptively simple looking.

A map of a city is marked up with small red squares, each indicating a 500-by-500-foot zone where crimes are likely to take place next. A heat-map mode shows even more precisely where cars may be stolen, houses robbed, people mugged.

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