Met Police could predict where London knife attacks will happen next say researchers

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Police in London could predict where knife killings are most likely to happen by better analysing non fatal stabbing data from the previous year a new study suggests. Killings could be reduced by using these patterns to increase patrols in those areas found to be most at risk the studys authors say. The current definition of knife crime is too broad to be useful and lumps together knife enabled injuries with knife threats or even arrests for carrying knives. More than two fatal knife attacks the year before. The current definition of knife crime is too broad to be useful and lumps together knife enabled injuries with knife threats or even arrests for carrying knives. We need to transform police IT from electronic filing cabinets into a daily crime forecasting tool Prof Sherman added. They say that data on knife assaults provide a consistent pattern of greater knife homicide risk the next year. The researchers write that geo coding annual knife assaults to a census area provides a reliableif far from perfectbasis for forecasting knife homicide

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