Articles  |    |  April 25, 2017

Predicting Financial Crime: Augmenting the Predictive Policing Arsenal

Article by Brian Clifton , Sam Lavigne, and Francis Tseng.
Published by The New Inquiry.


Financial crime is a rampant but hidden threat. In spite of this, predictive policing systems disproportionately target “street crime” rather than white collar crime. This paper presents the White Collar Crime Early Warning System (WCCEWS), a white collar crime predictive model that uses random forest classifiers to identify high risk zones for incidents of financial crime.

Keywords: Criminal justice; crime models; capitalism, financial malfeasance; white collar crime; police patrol.