Big Data Helped Cut Serious Crime by 30% in Memphis, Tennessee | P4SC
Cities such as Memphis are discovering that when it comes to protecting their citizens, there is safety in numbers. That’s because law enforcement officials are able to stay a step ahead of crime by using tools such as IBM’s predictive analytics software.

Big Data Helped Cut Serious Crime by 30% in Memphis, Tennessee | P4SC

Cities such as Memphis are discovering that when it comes to protecting their citizens, there is safety in numbers. That’s because law enforcement officials are able to stay a step ahead of crime by using tools such as IBM’s predictive analytics software.

Using analytics to fight crime before it happens
A decade ago, crime in Memphis trended above record highs. The Memphis Police Department developed an analytics platform that created multilayer maps and spreadsheets to systematically identify and verify patterns of criminal activity. That helped the Precinct Commanders focus resources in hotspots on the right days of the week at the right time of day. Visualizing these patterns enhanced officers’ long-standing knowledge about where, when and how violent crime takes place. The police department changed its patrolling strategy as a result— and reduced crime by 24 percent.

Using analytics to fight crime before it happens

A decade ago, crime in Memphis trended above record highs. The Memphis Police Department developed an analytics platform that created multilayer maps and spreadsheets to systematically identify and verify patterns of criminal activity. That helped the Precinct Commanders focus resources in hotspots on the right days of the week at the right time of day. Visualizing these patterns enhanced officers’ long-standing knowledge about where, when and how violent crime takes place. The police department changed its patrolling strategy as a result— and reduced crime by 24 percent.

Green Lane Project in New York: City to City Solutions

The Green Lane Project is a partnership of six U.S. cities working to implement next-generation protected bike lanes on city streets. 

The Green Lane Project cities are: San Francisco, Memphis, Chicago, Portland, Austin, and Washington, D.C.

LivingSocial Now Offers Daily Deals For 52 Cities – 25 More Than Yesterday

LivingSocial, the daily deal site that is often referred to as the main competitor to Groupon (see our extensive guide on group-buying sites in the United States and beyond here), is experiencing fast growth.

Rather than launching in one new city on a regular basis, like Groupon tends to do, the company this morning announced that it has added 25 live markets to its roster, nearly doubling the amount of cities it offers daily deals in.

The social commerce startup is now effectively live in 52 markets and 3 countries (the U.S., UK and Canada), now that it has added cities like Sacramento, Miami, Las Vegas, Toronto, Memphis, Buffalo, Detroit and Vancouver to the fray.

(Read more on Techcrunch)