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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 Jyoti Belur

Research Associate

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
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Expertise: crime
Jyoti Belur

Dr Jyoti Belur is a Research Associate at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Research. Prior to this, she completed a Masters in Economics from the University of Mumbai, and worked briefly as a lecturer of Economics in Mumbai. She joined the Indian Police Service and served as a senior police officer in the North of India. She also completed a Masters in Police Management (Osmania University) during her training period at the National Police Academy, Hyderabad. She has since then done a Masters in Human Rights from the University of Essex and her PhD thesis from the London School of Economics was on the Police Use of Deadly Force in Mumbai, India. She was part of research team that conducted the Home Office Research Study No. 294 – ‘Studying the Impact of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry’ (Foster, Newburn Souhami 2005). She has also conducted research projects on behalf of the Metropolitan Police, working with the Muslim community and victims of crime. She has also completed a rapid Literature Review on Women and Fear of Crime for the Home Office. She has been awarded the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to conduct research on the topic: ‘Countering  Naxal Terrorism: Police Perspectives’ in India. Her research interests are – Police and Policing Studies, Organised Crime, Islamic Radicalisation and Policing Terrorism.

Belur J. (2010) Permission to Shoot? Police Use of Deadly Force in Democracies, New York: Springer

Belur J. (2010) Police ‘encounters’ in Mumbai. In J. Kuhn and J. Knuttsson (Eds.), Policing Around the World: Police Use of Force, Guns, and Non Lethal force. Westport, CT: Praeger Greenwood.

Belur J. (2010) Why do the Police Use Deadly Force: Explaining Police Encounters in Mumbai, British Journal of Criminology, 50(2), 320-341

Belur J. (2009) Police use of deadly force: police perception of a culture of approval. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice; 25(2), 235-252

Belur J. (2008) Is policing domestic violence institutionally racist? Policing and Society, 18(4), 426-444.

Belur J. (forthcoming), ‘Police Shootings: A Culture of Approval’, in Crime and Justice in India, Unnithan P. (ed), New Delhi: Sage

Sidebottom A., Belur, J., Bowers K., Tompson L. and Johnson S.: (August 2011), ‘Theft in price-volatile markets: On the relationship between copper price and copper theft’ Journal of Research on Crime & Delinquency.

Research Projects as Principal Investigator and Reports

1. Project: Countering Naxalite Terrorism: Police Perspectives
Grant Amount: Fellowship (upto £ 23000 p.a.)
Duration: January 2010 – December 2012
Funding Body: Leverhulme Trust (Early Career Fellowship)

2. Project: Women’s Safety Analysis: A Review of Recent Literature
Grant Amount: £ 3000
Duration: 1 May 2009- 15 May 2009
Funding Body: Home Office
Output:  Belur J.: (2009), Women and Fear of Crime, Literature Review for the Home Office.

3. Project: Understanding Victims of Grievous Bodily Harm and Reasoning Behind their Low Police Reporting Rate in Barking & Dagenham
Grant Amount: £12500
Duration: August 2008- February 2009-06-04
Funding Body: Local Authority (Borough of Barking and Dagenham)
Output: Belur J. & Wheal H.: (2009),  Reporting Grievous Bodily Harm to the Police: The Barking & Dagenham experience, Report for the Metropolitan Police

4. Project: Muslim Communities in Barking and Dagenham: A Survey of opinions
Grant Amount: £9000
Duration: February 2008 - April 2008
Funding Body: Metropolitan Police
Output: Belur J. & Begum B.: (2008), ‘Understanding the Muslim community in Barking and Dagenham’, Report for the Metropolitan Police.

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