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Police Predict NJ Gas Station Robberies

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Elizabeth, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - Recent gas station robberies across New Jersey have law enforcement intelligence working on a new strategy to predict which  gas stations are most likely to be robbed.

Their predictive analytical report shows that gas stations in Elizabeth, in particular, are major targets. The report lists the Lukoil station located at 200 Spring Street in Elizabeth as the most likely facility to get robbed in the future and it lists 19 more stations throughout other towns like Linden and Roselle Park.

Three days after the report was released on April 23, 2014, the Lukoil located on Spring Street was held-up. Two days after that the reports fourth most-likely station to get robbed, an Exxon station located on 556 Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth, was also targeted.

The analytics are based off robberies that happened on April 18th and 19th that police believe are related. The report employs geospatial analytics, which is basically mapping of the robberies, to identify areas that are more likely to get hit.

Police analytics expert, former NYPD Detective Sergeant and author of The Criminal Investigative Function, Joe Giacalone chimed in to discuss this police procedure.

“This is the new wave that we’re seeing now where they’re using technology driven data computer generated models to help us predict. The idea is predicting future events, not the actual event when it’s going to take place, so there is a difference between the two there, but this model seems to be pretty much right on the money,” Giacalone explained.

Giacalone said that this is more of a prevention tool rather than an apprehension tool. He said that robberies are often violent crimes and this is law enforcement’s way of trying to prevent anything like that from happening.


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