News and press releases about IfmPt and the Precobs software.
Predictive policing made in Germany.

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  • 11.09.2017 Press Release IfmPt

Max Planck Institute publishes evaluation report (German).

  • 30.08.2017 Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht – Predictive Policing

Evaluation report of the pilot project P4 in Baden-Württemberg (German).

  • 27.03.2017 die Welt – At work with Precobs: Greetings from „Minority Report“

Burglars often follow pattern based behaviors. Based on that, a new software helps the police in forecasting future crime. (German)

  • 23.03.2017 ZDF Hallo Deutschland – With modern technology against burglaries

A new software is said to forecast burglaries.
(German; Precobs-reporting starts at 03:40)



  • 23.11.2016 der Freitag – Nothing to hide

Big Data – An increasing number of police departments are creating prognoses with algorithms. (German)

  • 10.11.2016 BR – Manhunt with algorithms

The LKA wants to reduce the number of burglaries with the PRECOBS-Software. How does it work? A visit to the predictive policing pioneers. (German)

  • 04.11.2016 regioTV Stuttgart – New weapon against burglaries

Stuttgart has been testing the PRECOBS-Software since last year…(German)

  • 25.10.2016 MDR Einfach genial – Inventions which prevent burglaries

The MDR inventor magazine presents PRECOBS. Nuremberg is already working successfully with the software, which can prevent burglaries. (German)
(you can fast-forward to minute 18)

  • 18.08.2016 Stuttgarter Nachrichten – The person on the screen is indispensable

The Stuttgarter police present how they fight against burglaries with computer-based predictions to federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. (German)

  • 04.08.2016 Strategic cooperation

Cooperation between IfmPt and futureLAB. (German)

  • 28.06.2016 WIRED – A visit to the predictive policing pioneers in Germany

Big Data will help to catch criminals before they come back: Police are investigating with algorithms. (German)

  • 28.06.2016 MOPO24 – Saxony plans to consider a possible Precobs operation

In fighting crime Interior Minister Markus Ulbig counts on the latest technology. (German)

  • 16.06.2016 STMI Bayern: 8-Point-Program against burglary – Cooperation Agreement

Association between German states Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. Precobs is listed at point 8. (German)

  • 14.06.2016 SRF – More patrols around Beizen – because of burglars

More restaurants have been burglarized since the beginning of May. Yet the trend is different for private houses (German)

  • 09.03.2016 ARD Mediathek – Prowling in residential areas

Precobs-reporting starts at minute 19… (German)

  • 30.05.2016 Cannstatter Zeitung – Hightech defence against burglary

Precobs analyses data of burglaries and generates predictions of areas with a high probability of repeat offenders… (German)

  • 30.03.2016 Mittelbayerische – Bavaria is giving burglars a hard time

Bavaria has been testing the new PRECOBS-Software since October 2014… (German)

  • 30.03.2016 Sueddeutsche Zeitung – Number of burglaries increases dramatically

The Precobs-Software, which calculates when and where the next burglary may take place, is tested in Munich. (German)

  • 30.03.2016 BAYERNKURIER – Prowling around german households

Decrease in Bavaria (German)

  • 24.03.2016 SRF – Baselbieter Manhunt with Tablet

The Baselbieter Police recorded around 30 percent fewer burglaries in 2015, compared to the previous year. (German)

  • 23.03.2016 Extract from the press conference of the Bavarian State Ministry “Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Bau und Verkehr“

Presentation of the police crime statistics 2015 (German)

  • 23.03.2016 Tages Woche – Success with software in the fight against burglars

Significantly fewer burglaries in 2015 than in previous years… (German)

  • 23.03.2016 20minuten – New Software helps police against burglars

Success, thanks to technology. (German)

  • 29.01.2016 FORUM – Commissioner Crystal Ball

Six-month pilot project in Baden-Württemberg. (German)

  • 28.01.2016 Extract from the report of the Data Protection Officer of Baden-Württemberg

Precogs or Precobs – the future of crime prevention? (German)

  • 28.01.2016 Precobs Users’ Symposium at police headquarters in the canton of Aargau

Aargau 2016
60 participants from 4 countries participated in the Precobs Users’ Symposium in Aargau.

In addition to specialist lectures by members of the IfmPt about the current and future PRECOBS software, there were highly interesting lectures and demonstrations by representatives of the German and Swiss authorities, which are already working with PRECOBS.
They clearly expressed their satisfaction.

A special thank you goes to the cantonal police force of Aargau for the excellent organisation and hosting of the Users’ Symposium.

  • 13.01.2016 Solothurner Zeitung – Warning of burglaries? Police renounces glance into digital crystal ball

The ‘Kapo’ will conclude the first results at the beginning of 2017… (German)

  • 04.01.2016 – Big Data: How algorithms help and manipulate us

Zurich police force lowers criminal activity rate by 30 percent. (German)



  • 22.12.2015 Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Commissioner Crystal Ball

In Baden-Württemberg, the police headquarters of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart have been testing the new software since October. (German)

  • 15.12.2015 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – How to know where the thieves will be

By using crime scene data, the Precobs Software calculates the probability of future burglaries within minutes… (German)

  • 03.12.2015 Badische Zeitung – How computed predictions influence police work in Zurich

The solution is called „Precobs“ and comes from Germany. (German)

  • 30.11.2015 BILD – How the early warning system against burglaries works

Inderst: „Our declared aim is to be on the crime scene BEFORE the offender arrives. We have had around 25% less burglaries since the use of Precobs“. (German)

  • 29.11.2015 ZOFINGER TAGBLATT – The police in Aargou now definitively chase burglars using Precobs Software.

In 2014, the number of burglaries in Aargau had already fallen by 11 percent compared to the previous year. (German)

  • 21.10.2015 Bavarian State Government – Transnational checks focuses on gangs of burglars

The police is organizing coordinated searches and controls in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in October.
The police of Baden-Württemberg will, in addition, soon test the predictive software Precobs. (German)

  • 26.09.2015 FOCUS – As in „Minority Report“: Software calculates where burglars will strike next

A new weapon for the police. (German)

  • 24.09.2015 Die Welt – A software, which forecasts burgleries

The predictive software Precobs is to be purchased permanently by Bavarian police force. (German)

  •  07.09.2015 – PRECOBS wins Telematik Award in the category „Sicherheit“ (‘Security‘) at the IFA in Berlin

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Human Telematik Award 2015 (German)

  • 04.09.2015 – PRECOBS Team at the award ceremony for „Land der Ideen“ at the TZU Oberhausen

    The certificate „Ausgezeichneter Ort im Land der Ideen“ (‚A Place of Excellence in the Land of Ideas‘) is signed by Federal President J. Gauck.

    Am 04.09.2015 erhielt PRECOBS - die Software zur Vorhersage von Straftaten die Auszeichnung als "Ausgezeichneter Ort 2015".

  • 05.08.2015 – PRECOBS is nominated for the Telematik Award 2015

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  • 22.07.2015 – Interior Minister Gall (Baden-Württemberg) announces PRECOBS-Project

Software for combating burglaries (German)

  • 24.06.2015 – Interior Minister Herrmann (Bavaria) observes positive results and plans the permanent use of prediction based operations

Successful Precobs-Test in Munich and Middle Franconia (German)

  • 11.05.2015 – „Ausgezeichnete Orte im Land der Ideen“ (‚Places of Excellence in the Land of Ideas‘)

    IfmPt-Employees Leonie and Sophie Sattler are representing PRECOBS in Berlin


 PRECOBS is among the best innovations in the category of „Wissenschaft“ (‚Science‘). (German)

  • 11.05.2015 WAZ / Der – Where the future of tracing criminals is developed

PRECOBS is the most successful burglary prevention program of the German-speaking countries. (German).

  • 26.03.2015 – IfmPt & StaPo Zurich with PRECOBS at the SPIK congress in Switzerland

In cooperation with the Zurich city police, the methodology and practical use of PRECOBS is presented. (German).

  • 23.03.2015 Tagesanzeiger (Switzerland) – Areas of Zurich with a high rate of burglary are becoming safer

This method is successful, says Felix Lengweiler, head of the Zurich city police Criminal Investigation Department. (German)

  • 05.03.2015 SRF (Switzerland) – Baselbieter police chases after burglers with new software

The police forces will not have to do without this help in the future. (German).

  • 12.02.2015 – The Bavarian Data Protection Officer on the use of PRECOBS

„Audit result: The use of the software complies with data protection regulations…“ (German)

  • 20.01.2015 Basler Zeitung – This program gives burglars a hard time

„It is amazing to see how often PRECOBS is right…“ (German)



  • 25.10.2014  der (+NRZ)

PRECOBS-Software from Oberhausen is said to forecast burglaries. (German)

  • 19.10.2014  Die Welt

About the most popular Software of this kind… (German)

  • 02.10.2014 WATSON (Switzerland)

Swiss police precisely forecast crimes using special software… (German)

  • 02.10.2014 SRF (Swiss Television) – Einstein

Einstein-Special: Big-Data (German)
(You can fast-forward to minute 22)

  • 16.09.2014 info (Belgium)

PRECOBS in the Belgian media… (French)

  • 15.09.2014 Slate (France)

PRECOBS in the French media… (French)

  •  21.08.2014 – PRECOBS on München.TV

Fighting burglers with software (German)

  •  06.08.2014 – Press release by Bavarian Interior Minister

Press release from 6th August 2014 (German)

  • 26.03.2014 SRF (Switzerland)

Report and interview on the swiss radio and television about the successful use of PRECOBS by Zurich city police. (German)



  • Press release from 17th June 2013

German predictive policing technique successful in Zurich (German)