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Crime Tech Solutions Acquires Case Closed Software

June 1, 2016 (Austin, TX)   Crime Tech Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of analytics and investigation software for law enforcement and commercial markets, today announced that it has acquired Cleveland, TN based Case Closed Software in a cash transaction. The terms of the deal were not released, but according to Crime Tech Solutions’ founder and president Douglas Wood, the acquisition brings together two dynamic and fast-growing software companies with an unparalleled complement of technologies.
For Crime Tech Solutions, the opportunity to add Case Closed Software into the fold was too good to pass up” said Mr. Wood. “We think that the technology offered by Case Closed helps to further differentiate us in the market as the price performance leader for this type of investigative solution.PNG

Crime Tech Solutions, based in the city of Leander, TX, delivers advanced analytics and investigation software to commercial investigators and law enforcement agencies across the globe. Their solution suite includes criminal intelligence software, sophisticated crime analytics with geospatial mapping, and powerful link analysis and visualization software. The company says that the addition of Case Closed Software expands those offerings even further.

CaseClosed1Case Closed Software develops and markets investigative case management software specifically designed for law enforcement agencies. The suite is built around four primary software products including best-in-class investigative case management software, property and evidence tracking, a gang database tool, and an integrated link analysis and data visualization tool.

Case Closed couldn’t be happier than to be joining Crime Tech Solutions,” said Keith Weigand, the company’s founder. “The blending of our technologies creates a suite that will add tremendous value to our mutual customers, and will be hard for others to duplicate.

According to both Mr. Weigand and Mr. Wood, the name Case Closed will continue on as the product brand, given its widespread popularity and loyal customer base. Crime Tech Solutions is expected to retain all Case Closed employees, with Mr. Weigand joining as the company’s chief technical officer.

Crime Tech Solutions says it expects continued growth via ongoing software sales and strategic acquisitions.

About Crime Tech Solutions

(NOTE: Crime Tech Solutions is an Austin, TX based provider of crime and fraud analytics software for commercial and law enforcement groups. Our offerings include sophisticated Case Closed™ investigative case management and major case management, GangBuster™ gang intelligence software, powerful link analysis software, evidence management, mobile applications for law enforcement, comprehensive crime analytics with mapping and predictive policing, and 28 CFR Part 23 compliant criminal intelligence database management systems.)

Is “Minority Report” pure fiction?

Minority-Report-editPosted by Douglas Wood.

Journalist Raj Shekhar had an interesting article in the Times of India this week.

It’s like PreCrime, only four decades early. The “predictive policing” system seen in the Tom Cruise blockbuster Minority Report is now taking shape in Delhi. But instead of the three slime-immersed psychic “Precogs” that system relied on, Delhi Police’s crime prediction will be based on cold, hard data.

Once Enterprise Information Integration Solution or ‘EI2S’—a system that puts petabytes of information from more than a dozen crime databases at police staff’s fingertips—is ready, Delhi Police will be able to implement its ‘Crime Forecast’ plan to predict when and where criminals will strike.

The technology is not as fanciful as it seems at first and is already being tried out in many important cities, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin. Officers associated with the plan say the software will analyze police data for patterns, compare it with other data from jails, courts and other crime-fighting agencies, and alert police to the likely threats. Data will be available not only on the suspects but also their likely victims.

A global tender has been floated for the project and Delhi Police is in talks with various firms for the technology.

According to the article, the system can help pre-empt many situations. For example, a violent clash between two gangs. It can identify individuals who are likely to join gangs or take to crime in an area based on the analyses of their behaviour and network. It can also curb domestic violence by identifying a pattern and predicting the next attack, the article said.

It all boils down to spotting patterns in mountains of data using tremendous computing power. A police document about the plan states that investigators should be able to perform crime series identification, crime trend identification, hot spot analysis and general analysis of criminal profiles. Link analysis will help spot common indicators of a crime by establishing associations and non obvious relationships between entities.

Using neighbourhood analysis, police will be able to understand crime events and the circumstances behind them in a small area as all the crime activity in a neighbourhood will be available for analysis. Criminal cases will be classified into multiple categories to understand what types of crime an area is prone to and the measures needed to curb them. Classification will be done through profiles of victims, suspects, localities and the modus operandi.

Another technique, called proximity analysis, will provide information about criminals, victims, witnesses and other people who are or were within a certain distance of the crime scene. By analyzing demographic and social trends, investigators will be able to understand the changes that have taken place in an area and their impact on criminality.

Network analysis will also be a part of this project to identify the important characteristics and functions of individuals within and outside a network, the network’s strengths and weaknesses and its financial and communication data.

While the system could help fight crime and rid Delhi of its ‘crime capital’ tag, it is bound to raise concerns over privacy and abuse as no predictive system can be foolproof.

Bananas, Politicians and Navy Blue: Selected Financial Crimes Snapshot 01/02/2013

Posted by Douglas Wood, Editor.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougwood

Be sure to check out “Investigating the Investigations” Part One and Two! In the meantime, here are this week’s weird headlines:

I can’t believe he tried to slip this one past investigators. Maybe he’ll win on a peel…

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/12/maurice-owens-to-appear-in-court-on-metro-banana-peel-fraud-charges-97541.html

A dishonest politician?  Now I’ve heard everything!

http://www.wishtv.com/news/indiana/nw-indiana-politician-to-admit-6-wire-fraud-counts

He couldn’t just wait for Black Friday like everyone else?

http://www.hillsdale.net/article/20131202/NEWS/131209942

Navy blue about this one…

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec13/navy_11-27.html

Death Deterrents, Texas Teeth, and ‘The Big Easy’ Money – Selected Financial Crimes Snapshot 11/07/2013

Posted by Douglas Wood, Editor.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougwood

Chinese woman sentenced to death for fraud. Ouch. That’s definitely a deterrent…

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/chinese-woman-sentenced-death-200m-fraud-20785445

70 year old Orthodontist sentenced to two years. Fraud laws in Texas have some real teeth in them…

http://www.kfdm.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/kfdm_vid_7425.shtml

Think they’ll throw the (school) book at her?…

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20131107_Charter_school_founder_s_fraud_trial_gets_underway.html

New Orleans cops charged. To Protect and Serve (themselves)…

http://www.wwltv.com/news/eyewitness/mikeperlstein/Two-NOPD-officers-have-first-court-date-on-payroll-fraud-issue-231068431.html

Drag Queens, Silk Road Shutdowns, and Video Killed the Real Estate Fraud – Selected Financial Crimes Snapshot 10/29/2013

Posted by Douglas Wood, Editor.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougwood

Perhaps there is no Spanish term for “lay low, fraudster”?

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-youtube-video-leads-to-arrest-of-man-wanted-in-fraud-case-20131010,0,1636077.story#axzz2j9ClBao3

Feds take down “eBay for drugs” site. I wonder if “Buy it Now” was popular?

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/10/feds-take-down-online-fraud-bazaar-silk-road-arrest-alleged-mastermind/

Drag Queen Shakedowns… Only on Bourbon Street.

http://theadvocate.com/news/7402011-123/celebrity-scam-artist-arrested-in

Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves – Selected Financial Crimes Snapshot 10/4/2013

Posted by Douglas Wood, Editor.  http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougwood

I’m sure the Gypsies just wanted to help… No?

http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=23299

You just can’t make this stuff up. Thai prostitutes hired to kill rhinos in trophy hunting scam.

http://planetsave.com/2011/07/24/thai-prostitutes-hired-to-kill-rhinos-in-south-african-trophy-hunting-scam/

Ummm… she may have had a ‘brain injury’ when she thought this one up….

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/justice/boston-one-fund/index.html

Good cop? No… bad cop

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/10/04/Miami-police-officer-found-guilty-of-identity-theft-tax-fraud/UPI-26251380893747/

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