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LAPD to extend 'predictive policing' in city

An LAPD patrol car and two officers are seen in this file photo.

July 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The LAPD plans to expand a high-tech crime fighting method across the whole city known as "predictive policing."

The method uses crime statistics to help the department figure out where would-be criminals might strike next. Officers are then sent to those areas to deter the crimes.

The program was launched last year in certain areas, and police say there has been a double-digit drop in burglaries and other property crime in those areas.

The goal is not to boost the number of arrests, which is a typical police benchmark to reflect crime reduction. Instead, officers want to either intercept a crime in progress or deter would-be criminals.

The LAPD is the largest agency to experiment with "predictive policing."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.