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Crime Avoidance

"Good Guy" permanent identification (PID)
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Permanently identify the good guys (everyone else is a risk.)

Rationale Crime occurs when benefits exceed personal costs. Crime benefits are in wealth, social esteem, and gratification, crime costs are in social esteem but also in physical danger and loss of liberty (prison). In individuals with lower controls (morality, supervision, observance etc) the risk balance is easily tipped. However, if one or more key risk factors are brought under control then the risk balance stays favourable.

The tipping point for risk in crime is personal identification.

The earlier an individual can be identified in potential criminal behaviour, the greater the personal cost to them of continuing that behaviour. We need to move forward in time the identification process to "pre-crime " rather than "post crime". The problem has been that pre-crime identification has not been possible because criminals will avoid this and imposed systems violate the "guilty before proven innocent" rule. The breakthrough step is to reverse the logic and identify the potential criminal before the act by simple elimination of the innocent. This is better for everyone as it actually helps those on the edge from tipping over into crime rather than catching them and locking them up.

If citizens voluntarily engage in permanent identification then this will leave those "non complying" as a greater (but more controllable) concern.

Permanent identification would include voluntary tagging and badging of all identified (PID) people. Validation would be by fingerprint, eye scan and DNA held in an independent highly secure PID database by a trusted third party (eg Amnesty International) and released for daily use by law enforcement by encrypted ID's only, not personal name/address. People would visibly be identifiable by their PID badge and by camera's and scanners, as lower risk. The PID badge would also use their mobile phone (PID sim card) to securely identify to the PID database all other PID phones in the area all the time. These PID people could be identified as such by a phone "safe" sound when they are approached. Not only would "good guy" tracking be afforded but also risk and panic buttons could advise authorities and warn PID witnesses. Recorded phone pictures could be captured manually or automatically when the risk button was pressed.

Additional functionality is easily added (or forgone if users so desire) because the holy grail of all IT systems is the permanently ID users. Eventually DNA technology will migrate to the phone and permanent ID will be even more secure. Until then both badge and Sim card would need to match to confirm ID. Social responsibility would have a visible implementation.

Crime is actually not difficult to avoid, as our American Cousins might say its a simple case of "United we stand, Divided we fall"

WaldoHitcher, Oct 16 2006


       And then what?
calum, Oct 16 2006

       Good Point - And Then :-   

       Crime is reduced (risk for criminal is too great as criminals are more easily seen, isolated and hence identified)   

       Crime is avoided (you avoid people that are not PID identified in risk situations)   

       Crime is tracked (warnings are sent to others nearby by the network)   

       Crime is disrupted (panic button requests all persons assistance )   

       Crime is more obvious (unidentified individuals stick out)   

       Crime is recorded (tracking of witnesses, recording of pictures).   

       Crime detection is cheaper (because you can focus on a smaller group of unknown individuals)   

       The obvious cost is in civil liberty or in the US "the rights of the individual to anonimity" which have (rightly) been fiercely protected until now. However the World has changed to a "no social responsibility environment" because now everyone in a City is anonymous and community "self policing" has therefore disappeared.   

       The short answer to this is - which is better, wearing a badge or one day visiting your daughter in a morgue.
WaldoHitcher, Oct 16 2006

       On the contrary. Anyone with a PID would be immediately caught. They have been tracked to the location and you have their full bio ID. Take the DNA and check the database.   

       Some might say there is even a case for one time offenders keen to reform to receive a PID as they know they would be caught immediately if they transgress. The crucial thing is to mantain the credibility though.   

       Furthermore the system catches related criminals by a new UK method of DNA triangular from distant relations DNA records. Hence the PID database is effective at even low intial levels of use. Even mixed DNA samples are now separated, it is virtually impossible not to leave trace of your presence following any contact.
WaldoHitcher, Oct 16 2006

       If this is the alternative, then I'd rather have crime. [-]
zen_tom, Oct 16 2006

       I'm with [zen_tom], you can go live in 1984 + Minority Report land if you feel like it, I'll steer clear thanks [-].
DocBrown, Oct 16 2006

       Once these "good" guys have been PERMANENTLY marked, how do you get them off the list of "good guys" if they do commit a crime?   

       Efforts to permanently mark past criminals in order to better monitor them have not improved recidivism rates much... in fact, there is some evidence that they return to a life of crime since it is very hard to find employers willing to hire a former criminal... being suspicious of everyone who has not "earned" the right to be "good" might lead a larger number of troubled youths down the path of criminal behavior.
ye_river_xiv, Oct 16 2006


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