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Pathway to Violence: Warning Signs and What You Can Do

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • 15 February 2018
  • Posted by: Nicolas Devia
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Pathway to Violence: Warning Signs and What You Can Do
Pathway to Violence is a campaign led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that provides information to the public on how to identify possible cases of future violence. Informing about unusual activities or attitudes is imperative to be able to identify and neutralize cases of violence. Communities and citizens are then the first line of defense against violence, they live and share the same public spaces and environments as future violent offenders, understanding why they act like they do.
Signals such as aggressive behaviors, abuse of substances, isolation, financial difficulties and observable grievances are key to the identification of a future offender. By informing citizens of these kind of signs, lives could be saved .

Focus on Places, Not People, to Prevent Crime

Joel Caplan

  • 7 February 2018
  • Posted by: Nicolas Devia
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RTM or Risk Terrain Modeling is an application designed by Dr. Joel Caplan to study the conditions of a certain geographic area and determine if its morphology incentivizes or not crime and violence. The state of the buildings, the type of public equipment (if there’s any), the type of business in the neighborhood, etc. and their interaction are key variables to determine where and why crime takes place in the places it does. By identifying those hot spots it is possible to better assign resources not only on policing but also to bring urban rejuvenation, inclusive architecture and public services. RTM is a free tool that has been effectively tested in multiple cities across the world, performing with great success. For low and medium income countries that depend on an effective application of scarce resources, a tool like this one could save plenty of lives.
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