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Understanding Theft of 'Hot Products'. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, COPS, US Department of Justice

The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. More...

Copper Cable Theft - Revisting the Price- Theft Hypothesis

To test the commonly espoused but little examined hypothesis that fluctuations in the price of metal are associated with changes in the volume of metal theft.

Consistency and specificity in burglars who commit prolific residential burglary: Testing the core assumptions underpinning behavioural crime linkage

Behavioural crime linkage is underpinned by two assumptions: (a) that offenders exhibit some degree of consistency in the way they commit offences (their modus operandi [MO]); and, (b) that offenders can be differentiated on the basis of their offence behaviour. The majority of existing studies sample at most three crimes from an offender's series of detected crimes and do not examine whether patterns differ across offenders. Here, we examine patterns observed across the entire detected series of each sampled offender, and assess how homogeneous patterns are across offenders. More...

Human trafficking for labour exploitation: Innovative approaches to prevention, prediction and protection

Dr Ella Cockbain has recently been awarded a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellowship. The award is for a three-year study into trafficking for labour exploitation, under the mentorship of Professor Kate Bowers. The project is designed to improve understanding of and responses to labour trafficking, which is a recognised priority in the Home Office’s counter-organised crime strategy and research agendum. Key foci include assessing the scope, nature and impacts of labour trafficking and developing predictive models of risk, using empirically-substantiated individual- and area-level risk factors. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods will support a nuanced, multi-faceted assessment of this complex issue. The study will include a three-month international placement at the Netherlands Centre for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The project has the support of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. More...

An exploratory study of the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK

We are pleased to announce UCL’s participation in a Nuffield-funded study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men. UCL is working with Barnardo’s and NatCen Social Research on this collaborative project, designed to find out more about the characteristics of male victims, their exploitation and support needs. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the UK to focus specifically on male victims. UCL researchers are conducting a large-scale analysis of over 9,000 suspected CSE cases (led by UCL’s principal investigator Dr Ella Cockbain) and an evidence assessment (led by Dr Helen Brayley). Our partners at NatCen (the consortium lead) are conducting in-depth interviews with professionals. We are working with young people and practitioners to receive feedback on our findings. The study is expected to inform responses to male victims, who have often been overlooked in research, policy and practice. More...

Dr Hervé Borrion

Deputy Director, Doctoral Training Centre

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3194
Fax No: +44(0)20 3108 3088
Extension: 53194
Dr Herve Borrion

Dr Hervé Borrion is a Lecturer in Security and Crime Science. He developed a strong interest in the application of sensor-based technologies, which led to the award of a doctoral degree in RADAR signal processing from UCL.

In 2005, he joined the department where he has been helping to bringing together a community of academics in the engineering and social sciences around various security projects. His research interest lies in the application of systems modelling techniques to security, and the enhancement of security risk assessment for counter-terrorism and organised crime. He has recently been awarded two European research grants for carrying out projects on resilience of infrastructure and building security (£4m,PI), and surveillance systems for crime prevention in refugees camps (£3m). He was the founding director of the MSc in Countering Terrorism and Organised Crime and the MRes Security Science, and is now the Deputy Director of SECReT. He is a visiting scholar at the Centre for Public Safety Research in Tsinghua University (Beijing).

Academic Publications

Security and crime science

  • Borrion, H., Gaballa, M., Wapshott, C., Johnson, S. D., & Harvey, N. (2013). An Empirical Study of the Impact of Reliability Values on Threat Assessment. In E Bossé et al. (Eds). Prediction and Recognition of Piracy Efforts Using Collaborative Human-Centric Information System, Proceedings of the NATO Institute on (pp). 28 September 2011, Salamanca, Spain. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Radar and electronics

  • One-Dimensional Model-based Approach for ISAR Imaging (2), Borrion, H.; Griffiths, H.; Tait, P.; Money, D.; Baker, C.; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2006. IGARSS 2006. IEEE International Conference on July 31 2006-Aug. 4 2006 Page(s):3196 - 3199 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IGARSS.2006.821
  • One-dimensional model-based approach for ISAR imaging, Borrion, H.; Griffiths, H.D.; Tait, P.; Money, D.; Baker, C.J.; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2005. IGARSS '05. Proceedings. 2005 IEEE International Volume 1, 25-29 July 2005 Page(s):4 pp. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IGARSS.2005.1526170 

Serious Intelligence Game for Multisource Analysis, "Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network", Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - 31.11.2012, Vienna (AT)

The future of Security Research Training, EU-FP7 Project DOC-CAREER 2 - "Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities" Workshop - 13.10.2011, Camerino (I)

Dual-Use Technologies for Maritime Security, NATO Institute on Collaborative Human-Centric Systems for Prediction and Detection of Maritime Piracy - 28.09.2011, Salamanca (S)

Machine Vision for Security, European Machine Vision Association - 12.04.2008, Berlin (G)

Moving towards Integrated Security, ITS - Security interest group 27.07.2007, London (GB)

Developing airport security technologies, Transec World-Expo XXI, 27.06.2007, Amsterdam (NL)

UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science, UK Department for Trade and Industry, London (GB)

EU-FP7 RIBS - Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (£4m, PI), 2010

EU-FP7 BASYLIS (£3m), 2011

Other Grants

EU Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window: mobility scholarship to Tinghua University, Beijing (EUR 5k).

Foreign Office: Travel Grant: DHS's University Conference, March 2010.

DHS grant: Organisation of a Security and Crime Science workshop (£5k)

UCL/EPSRC Bridging the gap : organisation of the first environmental crime conference (£5k), 2009

UCL/EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account (£250k), 2007

EPSRC: Secuity Science Doctoral Research Training Centre, 2009


Intelligence Analysis

  • Mohamed Gaballa

Transport Security

  • Matthew Ashby
  • Kartikeya Tripathi

Environmental Crime

  • Joanna Hill
  • Saumil Desai,

Risk Management

  • Iacovos Kirlappos


  • Sami Richardson


Intelligence Analysis

  • Edward Doughty, An examination of the National Intelligence Model and efficient inter-agency collaboration, 2013
  • Christine Elia Sofianos, Exploring how non analysts evaluate complete but fragmented information about human intelligence source credibility on potential terrorist threats, 2013
  • Christopher Poulton, Sensitivity analysis of intelligence analysis techniques, 2012
  • Alessandro Souza Soares, Sensitivity analysis of intelligence analysis techniques, 2012
  • Mohamed Gaballa, Sensitivity analysis of intelligence analysis techniques to reliability estimates, 2011

Risk Analysis

  • Thomas Deschatre, Comparative analysis of security strategies, 2013
  • Thang Doan, Bioterrorism and evacuation modelling, 2013
  • Ramon Rivzi, Modelling of biological attacks in buildings, 2012.
  • Matthew Ashby, Modelling railway fatalities in England, 2012
  • Reka Solymosi, Crowd spatial patterns at bus stops and security implications, 2012  
  • Nasli Sabohi, Study of security procedures for detection of counterfeit notes, 2012
  • Joanna Hill, Agent based modelling for Environmental Crime, 2012
  • Nuno Vaz Martin, A computer-based model for vulnerability analysis of museum assets based on the location of security guards, 2011
  • Lusine Tarkhanyan, Agent-based analysis of CCTV monitoring strategies for offender detection in hospitals, 2010

Security Technologies

  • Saumil Desai, Investigating Forward Scatter Radar for Maritime Target Detection using Statistical and Comparative Study, 2011
  • Rammah Shami, Target detection using bistatic Wi-Fi Radar and RFID, 2011
  • Toby Davis, Speech enhancement using the binary mask method and its application to law enforcement, 2010

Society and Security Measures

  • Leanne Whitehead, Civil Liberties vs Security: How does terrorist threat perception based on the level of exposure to actual threat and security measures influence public opinion?, 2011 
  • Joseph Hutton, An examination into the effect of treatment versus control on public perceptions of the UK's counter terrorism legislation, 2011

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