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NCJ Number
Law and Order: The Magazine for Police Management Volume: 55 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2007 Pages: 66,68,70
Tim Ross
Date Published
May 2007
4 pages
This article describes the benefits of the CrimeDex Network, a secure Web-based database of criminals that uses facial recognition technology to prevent and solve check fraud.
The CrimeDex Network is integrated with modern surveillance systems to enable investigators to catch criminals and preempt further criminal activity. Check fraud was once a difficult crime to investigate because of the time lag between the criminal occurrence and the discovery of the crime, which was typically around 60 days when the consumer noticed the unusual activity on their account summary. By this time, the criminal has hit several other banks in the area and has long left town. The CrimeDex Network takes advantage of high resolution facial recognition technology coupled with a sophisticated search engine to quickly identify possible criminals and alert other banks on the CrimeDex Network within minutes or hours, rather than days. The author illustrates the capabilities of the CrimeDex Network by presenting a case study in which a check fraud investigator caught a criminal within hours by searching the CrimeDex System and finding that the suspect had $90,000 in outstanding warrants. While this type of technology has existed for a long time, it is now available in an easy and affordable format that offers quick search and communication capabilities. Exhibits


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