Data Surveillance

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Data Surveillance


Project Description

In October 2003, the Plano (Texas) Police Department began tracking crime data in real time using the FirstWatch® Real Time Early Warning System as part of a citywide public-safety project. Pattern surveillance is conducted in eight categories, including burglary, family violence issues, motor-vehicle accidents and auto theft. Plano officials expressed a particular interest in real-time surveillance of MVA patterns, in an effort to keep traffic moving and reduce the number of accidents; in 2002, there were 5,823 reported traffic accidents. Officers write 280 traffic citations per day. “We see the benefit and need for real-time surveillance,” says Sergeant Brad Neal, who is part of Plano’s Public Safety Technology Team, “because a major problem in Plano is traffic accidents. If cars start piling up at an intersection, and there’s a trend in location and time of day, something’s wrong.”

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