It’s a system straight from the Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report. Police in downtown Los Angelese are fighting crime by predicting offences – before they have even happened.
Unlike the usual method of responding to 911 calls, cops use computers which show them ‘red spots’ where an incident is most likely to occur.
They are then deployed onto the streets in a bid to deter thugs, burglers and gangsters from going on their next crime spree.
The programme has some similarities with the hit science fiction film Minority Report. The movie is set in 2054 and a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.
However, unlike LAPD’s system who use computer data, those in Minority Report employ special psychics called ‘precogs’.
Tom Cruise plays ‘PreCrime’ captain John Anderton but the system eventually predicts that he will commit a future murder and he has to take flight.
Such disturbing situations are unlikely to happen with LAPD’s system, which uses crime statistics – and not premonitions – to pinpoint the next likely incident.