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Police credit technology with aiding Atlantic City's crime drop

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Crime is down in Atlantic City, and police are crediting several factors, including technology that helps them monitor high-crime areas and identify potential risks.

Violent crimes were down more than 30 percent last month compared to a year ago, and overall crimes are down two-thirds from five years ago.

The technology includes Risk Terrain Modeling, or RTM, which maps high-crime areas, but also identifies factors that can draw crime to an area.

Police also use about 1,400 cameras to virtually patrol the city.

They credit the technology with helping them apprehend a teen accused of killing a man last week in Ventnor.

Deputy Police Chief James Sarkos says jobs created by the openings of two casinos this year also have helped.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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