3 Ways AI Helps Make Fighting Crime Easier

3 Ways AI Helps Make Fighting Crime Easier
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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening.

The use of AI devices is improving the set of tools that law enforcement has at its disposal. Criminals are less likely to get away with things if software programs are in place that will prevent human errors from occurring. Here are just some of the benefits that AI gives law enforcement agencies.

Facial Recognition Software

Having the ability to match a person’s face that’s committed a crime is another tool that’s proven to be useful. Airports and other public places can be more secure because you can use the video footage and link it to this type of facial recognition software program. The point is to analyze those that are passing through and determine if someone that’s wanted is there. Another use for this type of software is that it can search through DMV, passport, and other forms of identification databases in order to determine if a person is attempting to use an alias.

Identification Extrapolation

Airports have long used software programs that enable them to perform fuzzy name matching searches. The AI crosschecks law enforcement databases and no-fly lists to determine if someone has been placed on a list that would prevent them from leaving or entering the country. Another use of this AI feature that can prove helpful to crime-fighting is the order in which the name appears. Names that are similar in nature can be flagged for further investigation. Software programs can learn so that they will save law enforcement sometime in performing these secondary verifications.

Crime Scene Detection

Through the use of AI crime scene detection software, the computer can do a sweep of the scene in real-time. This software is designed to flag evidence of things that appear out of place. This can help officers to link other known crimes against the evidence that’s being presented at the scene.

Another common use of this tool is with CCTV videos and analysis. More accurate logs of crimes can be kept and cross-referenced in order to provide law enforcement agencies with the most relevant data for new crimes that they’re investigating. Another common use is through combing through internet images and in the investigation of these types of online crimes.


AI is gaining some traction in the law enforcement sector because of its many capabilities. As we see AI research and technology continue to advance, we will hopefully be able to reduce human error and make the world a safer place. Consider these things that are working to help law enforcement solve crimes and protect you against future crime sprees.

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