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Using Advanced Analytics Software to Fight Gang Crime

A working group, comprising 92 law enforcement agencies and other organizations, will use Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics to help fight the notorious Felony Lane Gang.

The Felony Lane Gang is known to be active in 34 states in the United States, with over 100 groups of thieves.This type of crime is an example of identity theft, the costliest single property crime type in the U.S. in terms of loss at $24.7 billion in 2012.

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Using Advanced Analytics Software to Fight Gang Crime

  1. 1. 1 UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES CANADA DUBAI AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND Focus on Felony Lane Gang Published by Wynyard U.S. Using Advanced Analytics to Fight Gang Crime
  2. 2. 2 ABOUT WYNYARD GROUP Wynyard Group is a market leader in risk management and crime fighting software used in investigations and intelligence operations by government agencies and financial organizations. Wynyard solutions help solve and prevent crime, defend against advanced persistent cyber threats and counter terrorism. Wynyard’s powerful software platform combines big data, advanced crime analytics and tradecraft to identify persons of interest, stop offenders and protect victims. Wynyard has more than 120,000 users of its solutions and offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit
  3. 3. 3 WHAT IS THE FELONY LANE GANG? • The Felony Lane Gang is known to be active in 34 states in the United States, with over 100 groups of thieves. • Gangs break into vehicles to steal identities and checkbooks. They then recruit females to assume the stolen identities and present and cash checks. • The check cashers choose the farthest drive-through lane from a bank building to conduct the fraudulent transactions, hence the group earning the nickname as the Felony Lane Gang. • To date, the Gang has defrauded individuals, banks, insurance companies, and rental car operations.
  4. 4. 4 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO FIGHT THE FELONY LANE GANG The Felony Lane Gang has become a national problem. 92 agencies including: • State, City and County law enforcement agencies • Regional groups • Selected federal agencies • Financial institutions have joined forces to form the Felony Lane Gang Working Group. By sharing information across jurisdictions, law enforcement can improve their ability to identify and apprehend suspects, warn banks about the gang's operations, and help patrol officers be on alert and have more complete intelligence on the gang.
  5. 5. 5 USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT GANG CRIME Crime analysts from the Felony Lane Gang Working Group will use a combination of CrimeNtel’s data warehousing system and Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics to: • input and access data • discover previously hidden relationships • gain insights • identify patterns • highlight anomalies • view events on timelines The way the Working Group will use Wynyard’s advanced crime fighting software is an example of how multiple agencies can build a more comprehensive picture of a person of interest to coordinate efforts, dynamically assess risk and respond immediately to alerts.
  6. 6. 6 WHO ARE THE VICTIMS? Most victims are women. Gang members stake out victims in advance where they are likely to be distracted or vulnerable. Common theft locations include: • Gyms • Day care centres • Recreation parks • Funeral homes • Cemetaries Typically car windows are smashed and and victims’ purses, checkbooks, and identity cards are stolen. Checks are then forged using the victims’ accounts.
  7. 7. 7 WHO ELSE IS IMPACTED? The Felony Lane Gang identity theft schemes don’t just impact their direct victims. They also impact: • Insurance companies: who pay out on damaged vehicles • Rental car operations: often rental cars are stolen to transport the thieves to the bank drive through lanes • Banks: If caught, the perpetrators and ringleaders stealing identities and checkbooks from vehicles are convicted of only minor felony such as unlawful theft from a vehicle. The individuals coerced into assuming the identity of a victim and fraudulently cashing checks are likely to be charged with the much more serious crime of identity theft.
  8. 8. 8 IDENTITY THEFT COST THE U.S. $24.7 BILLION IN 2012 The Felony Lane Gang crimes are an example of identity theft, the costliest single property crime type in the U.S. in terms of loss. Wynyard’s Advanced Crime Analytics removes the time- consuming and inefficient manual processes involved in large scale investigations with lots of data from disparate sources. It provides seamless interoperability and information sharing between the agencies to rapidly surface actionable intelligence to help crack this notorious network of fast- moving and organized criminals using identity theft to defraud victims. The technology will be used to solve crimes faster, identify and prosecute suspects successfully.
  9. 9. 9 UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES CANADA DUBAI AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics Related Solutions
  10. 10. 10 WYNYARD PERSON OF INTEREST ANALYTICS Wynyard’s Person of Interest (POI) solution combines the power of advanced crime analytics and targeted case management, enabling agencies to proactively manage offenders, protect victims and prevent serious crime. Wynyard’s POI solution is applied to Law Enforcement, Justice and Corrections agencies and National Registers. • Enables departments or agencies to share information and coordinate efforts. This helps them respond immediately to alerts about changes in an offender’s or victim’s status. • Comprehensive risk framework. • Integrated dashboards and alerts. • Comprehensive reporting tools and customizable dashboards allow users to look across the data.
  11. 11. 11 WYNYARD SERIOUS AND ORGANIZED CRIME ANALYTICS Wynyard’s Serious and Organized Crime Analytics solution has been designed to detect, stop and help solve serious crimes by rapidly identifying intelligence for use by law enforcement personnel. Wynyard’s solution is designed specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. • Advanced searching, filtering, querying and anomaly detection capability. • Process structured and unstructured data from multiple sources including incremental loading. • Mapping and timeline vizualisation. • Automatic entity extraction and link analysis.
  12. 12. 12 RELATED NEWS AND LINKS Terror: A way to identify criminals pre-crime needed? Wynyard crime fighting software selected by National Security Bureau Social media companies must do more to help fight terrorism and extremism Using Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics on open source data Louis F. Quijas, Senior VP Security Technology Alliance (STA), shares insights into the changing face of U.S. policing. Big data analytics Wynyard Person of Interest Analytics Wynyard Serious and Organized Crime Analytics
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