You’ve spent your entire childhood and possibly adulthood seeing movies where heroes catch villains, detectives catch ‘bad people’, crimes being solved, criminals doing criminal things etc. However detectives, heroes, police and the law enforcement agencies have gone beyond the traditional methods of sleuthing to find those who commit crime.
In this day and age, it is no surprise that they all use Software to fight crime and murders. There are many areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, and digital forensics where tech has been implemented to great degree of success. Criminal Investigators are more equipped than ever before to identify and catch the baddies of these heinous acts.
The entire of the James bond movie series is about the usage of highest end technology in order to defeat the criminal and save the world. The world of software is highly varied from physical devices to pure software.
A good example of awesome technological advancement in crime-solving is the evolution of data analytics and big data. You must have seen many police departments as Blackmart using high end software to analyze large amounts of data which identify patterns and predict where crimes are most likely to occur.
This allows law enforcement agencies to deploy resources more effectively and prevent crimes before they happen. For example, the Chicago Police Department uses a system called HunchLab, which analyzes data on past crimes to generate maps that show where crimes are most likely to occur in the future.
In the short story “Lamb to the slaughter” authored by Roald Dahl, the murderer gets away so easily because the detectives use sleuthing to try and find out the murderer. If they had but used data analytics, the murderer would have been caught then and there!!!
Artificial Intelligence to solve crime
In movies, AI is always shown as evolved to become a criminal. But in reality it’s the exact opposite, AI is used to fight crime and identify criminals and also identify patterns. So how does AI fit in here?
Artificial intelligence is another technology that has revolutionized crime-solving. AI algorithms can be used to analyze vast amounts of data, including video footage and social media posts, to identify suspects and track their movements.
For example, in 2020, Chinese police used AI to identify and arrest a man who had been on the run for 17 years after committing a murder.
Interestingly AI is used to solve crimes related to murder of animals and pets as well. In the story “A dark brown dog”, authored by Stephen Crane a dog who is in love with its master is killed by someone in a great act of cruelty. The master then uses artificial intelligence and the most latest technology to catch the murderer and solve the crime.
Digital Forensics is key
Digital forensics is another area where technology has made significant strides in crime-solving. Investigators can use specialized software to extract data from digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets. This data can then be analyzed to identify suspects, uncover motives, and track movements.
Digital forensics played a critical role in the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, where FBI investigators were able to extract data from the shooter’s iPhone to uncover evidence.
Data sharing to fight crime
One of the most significant benefits of using Software and IT technology in crime-solving is the ability to share information between different agencies and jurisdictions. Through the use of centralized databases and information-sharing systems, law enforcement agencies can collaborate more effectively and share information in real-time. This can be particularly useful in cases where suspects are on the run or have crossed state lines.
Challenges in using these advancements
Despite these advancements, there are still problems to using Software and IT technology to solve crimes and murders.
- One major challenge is the need for adequate funding and resources to implement and maintain these technologies.
- Many police departments do not have the money or man power to invest and work on using the latest crime-fighting tools.
- There are concerns about privacy when it comes to the use of surveillance and data analysis tools.
In conclusion, Software and IT technology is making solving crimes easier and faster by use of it data analytics, artificial intelligence and digital forensics. There are still many challenges to be addressed however it has without a doubt made a difference in catching criminals and bringing them to justice.