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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crime stats and work loads

Over at Media-Geek, I responded to a post asking about requests for cell-phone forensics. I mentioned that in just a short amount of time, requests went from zero to OMFG. Same thing goes for the retrieval of evidence from DVRs.

Here's a little insight from former mayoral candidate Walter Moore's blog. FBI and LAPD stats show that 22,624 people have been victims of violent crimes in LA so far this year. The number for victims of property crimes is an amazing 87,371 (greater than the population of the town that I grew up in). Add them up (who said that I'd never need math after high-school?) and you have 109,995 crime victims in these two categories through December 12, 2009.

If it takes an average of 2 hours to process a DVR at a crime scene, master the evidence, do the paperwork, and etc. ... how many people do you think it would take to handle 109,995 crimes? Here's a hint, a 40 hour work week adds up to a little over 2000 hours for the year. (understanding that not every crime was captured by a DVR) If it takes the same amount of time, on average, to process a cell-phone ... then things start to get a little crazy.

Just a little something to think about as you start your day.



Walter Moore said...

Glad to know you found my essay, Joe!

Walter Moore said...

Sorry. I meant "Jim." The short-term memory must be shot.