How Crime Analysis Software Helps Analysts

In this Lumen blog, let’s hear from a crime analyst working on a difficult case and a search for critical connective information:

“We were working on a domestic violence case with a stolen handgun. According to the victim, the suspect put the stolen handgun in the victim’s mouth and pulled the trigger, but luckily, the gun did not fire. We knew the circumstances surrounding the theft of the handgun, but did not know the specific case. I searched Lumen for cases involving some of the specifics of the case and within 30 seconds I was reading the theft case report from another agency. This allowed us to validate the victim’s side of the domestic violence story, help another agency solve a weapons theft, and charge a suspect.”

No connections would’ve been made and no suspects would’ve been charged in this case if it weren’t for accessible and organized data. In this blog, the crime analysis software experts at Numerica will break down how top-of-the-line software like Lumen can help crime analysts connect the dots in critical cases, and discover big-picture trends and patterns in the law enforcement system and the public at large.

Identify Trends and Patterns

While commanders and patrol officers are responsible for stopping and preventing crime and handling heat-of-the-moment situations, crime analysts look at crime and police activity with a much wider lens. They’re an integral part of law enforcement agencies, helping them to identify key patterns, trends, and “hot spots” as they emerge.

Crime analysts with the right tools can stop widespread crime before it becomes widespread—for example, crime analysts might notice two recent convenience store burglaries within the same police jurisdiction, and can relay that information to commanders and patrol officers so they can remain proactive, keep the public informed, and hopefully stop the next burglary from taking place.

Crime analysts also have the ability to recognize long-term patterns. Perhaps they discover there’s been a rise in car accidents at a certain intersection over the past few years, or maybe they notice a certain neighborhood has a much larger number of drug arrests than the surrounding areas. Whatever the case, finding these short-term or long-term patterns would be impossible without data that can be accessed, organized, and manipulated.

That’s the power of Lumen. Compile law enforcement data across multiple jurisdictions, organize data to identify trends and patterns across geographic areas or suspect groups, and use that newfound knowledge to empower patrol officers and close cases.

Access Information Fast

Sometimes, finding and delivering information must happen at a moment’s notice in order to connect the dots on a case or book a suspect—and if you can’t find the information you need quickly and efficiently, your law enforcement agency might fall short and run out of time when it matters the most.

With Lumen, data is accessible from an easy-to-use web platform, so anyone within your agency can find the data they need. No switching between data portals or calling faraway agencies for data—with Lumen, all of your law enforcement databases are neatly organized in a simple system, and our database experts can incorporate custom databases into the fold for more informational context and faster, easier access.

Try Lumen Today

Don’t just take the word of the crime analysts who use and love Lumen—try it out for yourself and see how Lumen can help your law enforcement agency close more cases and work more efficiently than ever before. Schedule a demo of Lumen today.