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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 Lisa Wainer

Research Associate

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3042
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Lisa Wainer

Lisa gained her PhD in Computer Science from UCL in 2007 in Machine Learning and Data Mining. Her move to Crime Science was motivated by a desire to work on real problems using real data. Her current interests are in detecting patterns in crime data, data representation for analysis and general problem solving. She has worked on projects for the Home Office, the Police, and industry partners such as G4S and the BSIA. Lisa uses the R Statistical Programming language for most of her daily activities. In a project with Merseyside police, she built software (in R), called the Hot Products Early Warning System, that is now used to help understand and characterise the acquisitive crime problem in Merseyside on an ongoing basis, detecting emerging trends in hot products. She is currently working on two projects, one on the Harms of Cash and Valuables in Transit Robbery for the Home Office, G4S and the BSIA, and another project for West Yorkshire police on Burglary and acquisitive crime.


Herbster, M., Pontil, M. and Wainer, L. (2005) Online learning over graphs for classification. In Proceedings of the ICML 2005


Wainer, L. and Summers, L. (2011) Understanding the harms of Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT) Robbery. Report for the Home Office and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). RESTRICTED

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

Wainer, L. and Johnson, S. (2010) Early Warning System: Predicting and Identifying Hot Products stolen in Property Crime. Report for Merseyside Police. RESTRICTED

Wainer, L. and Summers, L. (2010) Understanding serious sexual violence in Hackney. Report for Hackney Council.

Wainer, L. (2011) Development of the Hot Products software system using R and gWidgets: a scanning tool for property crime. Presented at LondonR, 7th September 2011.

Wainer, L. (2011) Keeping the focus on car crime: how targeting car crime could impact more serious offences. Presented at the 'Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis' conference. Durban, 20th July 2011.

Summers, L. and Wainer, L. (2011) Understanding the Harms of Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT) Robbery. Presented at the Ministerial Roundtable Meeting on Tackling Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT) Robbery. London, 21st March 2011.

Wainer, L. (2011) Understanding the Harms of Cash and Valuables in Transit (CViT) Robbery. Presented at the ACPO National CViT Working Group. Merseyside, 3rd February 2011.

Wainer, L (2010) Early warning system: predicting Hot Products. Presented at the 'Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis' conference. Brisbane, 6th July 2010.

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