Statistical model helps police identify crime series; speeds apprehension of perpetrators

A statistical model — now an easy-to-use software tool — local police can use to identify a series of related crimes and nab a suspect has been unveiled. Crime linkage is the investigative process of identifying a crime series—a group of crimes committed by the same person or group of people. The goal of the crime linkage model and resulting software is to help crime analysts more quickly and easily sift through massive amounts of crime data to accurately discover patterns that could indicate a crime series such as one of the most difficult crimes to solve: burglaries.