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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...

Lisa Tompson

Research Associate

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3126
Fax No: +44(0)20 3108 3088
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Lisa graduated from Keele University in 2002 with a BA(Hons) in Sociology and Criminology before becoming a police Crime Analyst. She then went on to complete an MSc in Crime Science, with her dissertation focussing on the predictive nature of spatio-temporal hotspots.

Since becoming a Research Associate Lisa has been involved in a broad portfolio of work relating to problem-solving and geographical crime analysis.  She is actively involved in training practitioners in key theoretical concepts and practical techniques that allow them to optimise their analytical outputs.  She is also a certified Geographic Profiling Analyst (GPA).

Lisa particularly enjoys employing innovative analytical techniques to emergent crime types. Her PhD is concerned with identifying the features of the natural, physical and social environment that help to explain temporal patterns in street robbery.  She is the series editor for JDiBrief - an online library of briefing notes on crime, analytical techniques and security topics.


Tompson, L. (2012). Public Transport Victimisation. JDiBrief Series. London: UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. ISSN: 2050-4853. Available from

Tompson, L. (2012). Street Robbery. JDiBrief Series. London: UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. ISSN: 2050-4853. Available from

Tompson, L. (2012). Vulnerable Localities Index. JDiBrief Series. London: UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. ISSN: 2050-4853. Available from

Tompson, L; (2007) Mapping out crime prevention. Criminal Justice Matters , 69(1) 32 - 33. 

Edited Collections

Townsley, M., Tompson, L. and Sidebottom, A. (2008). Special Issue: New directions in Environmental Criminology. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, vol. 10(2). (Guest Editors). 0610-007-9041-8

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Tompson, L. and Chainey, S. (2013). Integrating environmental considerations into prisoner risk assessments. European Journal of Probation. Vol 5(2). pp. 66-80. PREPRINT AVAILABLE HERE.

Tompson, L. and Bowers, K. (2013). A Stab in the Dark? A research note on temporal patterns in robbery. Journal of Research into Crime and Delinquency. Vol 50(4). PREPRINT AVAILABLE HERE.

Chainey, S. P. and Tompson, L. (2012). Engagement, empowerment and transparency: publishing crime statistics using online crime mapping. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Vol 6(3), pp. 228-239.  

Tompson, L. and Chainey, S. (2011). Profiling illegal waste activity: using crime scripts as a data collection and analytical strategy.  European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, Vol 17(3), pp. 179-201. PREPRINT AVAILABLE HERE.

Sidebottom, A., Belur, J., Bowers, K., Tompson, L. and Johnson, S. D. (2011). Theft in price-volatile markets: On the relationship between copper price and copper theft. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Vol 48(3), pp. 396-418.

Tompson, L. & Townsley, M. (2010). (Looking) Back to the Future: using space-time patterns to better predict the location of street crime. International Journal of Police Science and Management, Vol 12(1), pp 23-40.

Tompson, L., Partridge, H. And Shepherd, N. (2009). Hot Routes: Developing a New Technique for the Spatial Analysis of Crime. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice. 1, pp. 77-96. PREPRINT AVAILABLE HERE.

Chainey, S. P., Tompson, L.. and Uhlig, S. (2008). Responses to Pezzuchi and Levine. Security Journal, Vol 21(4). PREPRINTS available HERE and HERE.

Chainey, S. P., Tompson, L.. and Uhlig, S. (2008). The utility of hotspot mapping for predicting spatial patterns of crime. Security Journal, Vol 21(1-2), pp 4-28. PREPRINT AVAILABLE HERE.


Tompson, L., Summers, L., Wainer, L. and Chainey, S. (2011).  Analysis of burglary dwelling patterns in Trafford:  a test of the boost account of victimisation. Report for Greater Manchester Police. RESTRICTED.

Chainey, S. and Tompson, L. (2011). An analysis of changes in burglary dwelling trends in Buckinghamshire County.  Report for Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership. RESTRICTED. 

Tompson, L. & Chainey, S. (2010). Waste Mapping Project. Report produced for DEFRA and the UK Environment Agency.  Not for public publication

Tompson, L., Summers, L. & Chainey, S. (2009). Environment Agency Thames Region Strategic Assessment of Environmental Crime and Compliance. Report for the UK Environment Agency.  RESTRICTED.

Chainey, S. & Tompson, L. (2008). Environment Agency Strategic Assessment of environmental crime and non-compliance. Report for the UK Environment Agency. RESTRICTED.

Chainey, S. & Tompson, L. (2008). Review and feedback on Strategic Assessment produced by each Crime and Disorder reduction Partnership in the North East of England. Report produced for Government Office for the North East.  Not for public publication.

Tompson, L. (2008).  The spatial and temporal signatures of copper cable theft on the British railway network - summarised analytical findings.  Report produced for British Transport Police.  RESTRICTED.

Chainey, S. & Tompson, L. (2008) North East of England Regional Strategic Intelligence Assessment.  RESTRICTED.

Chainey, S. & Tompson, L. (2008). Examining the GMAC Partnership Business Model: Findings and recommendations for Greater Manchester.  Report produced for the Home Office.  Not for public publication.

Tompson, L. (2008). Crime Victimisation on Public Transport in London.  Report produced for Transport for London.  Not for public publication.

Tompson, L. (2011). A stab in the dark? Analysing temporal aspects of street robbery.   Presented at the International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference. Manchester, 4th November.

Tompson, L. (2011). Crime script analysis.  Presented at the International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference. Manchester, 4th November.

Tompson, L. (2011). Advanced time-series analysis.  Presented at the International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference. Manchester, 3rd November.

Tompson, L. (2011).  Public Information Provision: Are Crime Maps Having a Positive Impact on Community Reassurance? Presented at the Eleventh US Crime Mapping Research Conference. Miami, 21st October.

Tompson. L. (2011). A stab in the dark? Analysing temporal aspects of street robbery. Presented at the 'Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis' conference. Durban, South Africa, 19th July. 

Tompson, L. (2010). Applying script analysis to illegal waste activity in the UK. Presented at the 'Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis' conference. Brisbane, 7th July.

Tompson, L. (2009). Hot Routes: an analytical tool for linear concentrations of crime. Presented at the London Analysts Support Site meeting. 18th December.

Tompson, L. (2009). Defining and responding to illegal waste activity. Presented at the 'Tackling Environmental Crime: Creating Cleaner, Safer and Greener Neighbourhoods'.  London, 12th November.

Tompson, L. (2009). Space-time hotspots and their prediction accuracy. Presented at the US Crime Mapping Research Conference. New Orleans, 21st August.

Tompson, L. (2009). Theft in Price Volatile Markets: Copper Cable Theft. Presented at the 3rd International Crime Science Conference. London, 15th July.

Tompson, L. (2008). Evaluating the predictive accuracy of crime hotspots. Presented at the ESRI EMEA User Conference. London, 28th - 30th October.

Tompson, L. (2008). Predicting street crime with temporally-sensitive hotspots. Presented at the 6th UK Crime Mapping Conference. Manchester, 30th July.

Tompson, L. (2008). Predicting street crime with temporally-sensitive hotspots. Presented at the 15th World Congress of the International Society for Criminology. Barcelona, 23rd July.

Tompson, L. (2008). Partnership Strategic Assessments: Qualities and data considerations.  Presented at the Thames Valley Police analysts meeting. Oxford, 25th June.

Tompson, L. (2008). Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships: synergy or shambles?. Presented at the 16th Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Conference. Izmir, Turkey, 18th March.

Tompson, L. (2007). (Looking) Back to the Future; Timeliness of crime patterns for predicting the future. Presented at the 15th Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Conference. London, University College London, 19th July.

Tompson, L. and Sidebottom, A. (2007). 55 steps in 55 minutes. Presented at the 5th National Crime Mapping Conference. London, 9th May.

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