Most of the recording systems have very limited resources to record casualties. Outdated computer programmes, few experienced staff and availability of only basic analytical tools often hamper the capacity of these institutions to produce utilitarian analyses. New technologies can go a long way to remedy these shortcomings.
The computer programmes that are used to manage casualty data can often be out-of-date or obsolete and only permit simple and basic analysis. In many cases data is incomplete, unreliable or simply presented in such a way that prevents any useful analysis. These issues are often due to scarce funding, technical limitations and infrastructure that restrict access to better technology. However, new technological innovations means easier access to cheaper solutions, which can be incredibly helpful in managing and processing information and in helping to explain on-going patterns of violence through a more accurate and elaborate analysis. Using new technologies can also help better allocate limited resources to implement effective crime prevention strategies.
COUNTING THE COST: CASUALTY RECORDING PRACTICES AND REALITIES, p. 13