Increasingly, people are reading their email on their Apple Watch, tracking their sleep with their Fitbit, asking Siri for directions or demanding Alexa to change the song. We are moving towards a world of wearable technology. But for researchers at the MIT Media Lab, wearable technology is not just a luxury. It can prevent violence and save lives. After the 2012 Delhi … [Read more...] about Wearable Technology for Violence Prevention
Some say violence begets violence, and cities like New York have seen violence at its worst. But violence also begets innovation, and cities such as New York are witnessing cutting-edge solutions for crime prevention. The Citizen Crime Commission of NY, an independent, nonpartisan organization working to reduce crime and to improve the criminal justice system, has been at the … [Read more...] about Interview: Facebook can escalate conflicts. One organization is using it to stop murders
By Robson Rodrigues Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from the media and society as a whole. A recent study by Instituto Data Favela indicates that 75% of favelas inhabitants approve of the UPPs. Notwithstanding major crises and criticism, the UPP constitute the … [Read more...] about Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units?
By John Carnochan The first of two blog posts In 2004-2005, we had 132 homicides in Scotland and violence, by Western European standards, was high. What did we do? In 2004 we established the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), a police unit that uses the public health model to develop and apply effective violence reduction tactics, working with education, health, government, … [Read more...] about Four steps to use the public health model to curb crime
By David Weisburd Perhaps more than any other part of the criminal justice system, evidence based policy has taken hold in policing, and the police are looking to researchers to help them define what policies and practices they should adopt. A central area of evidence about what the police should do has come from studies of crime hot spots. What is the evidence? A … [Read more...] about Lessons from New York and Tel Aviv: policing hotspots