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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...

Lucia Summers

Research Associate

Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3049
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Lucia Summers

Lucía graduated in 1999 from the University of Sussex with a BSc (Hons) degree in Experimental Psychology. After this, she completed an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology (2002, University of Leicester), an MSc in Research Methods for Psychology (2003, University College London) and a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching at Higher Education (2006, University of East London).

Since joining the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science in 2003, Lucía has carried out research on a range of areas but her main interests lie in the spatial analysis of serious violence, which is the topic of her PhD (currently being completed). She is also interested in the study of offender decision making (in relation to both violence and property crime), especially in relation to the spatial and temporal aspects of criminal activity.   


Summers, L. (2010). Virtual repeats and near repeats. In B. S. Fisher and S.P. Lab (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. London: Sage.

Summers, L.; Johnson, S.D. & Rengert, G.F. (2010). The use of maps in offender interviewing. In W. Bernasco (Ed.), Offenders on Offending: Learning about crime from criminals. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.

Summers, L. (2009). Las técnicas de prevención situacional del delito aplicadas a la delincuencia juvenil. [Situational prevention techniques applied to the problem of youth crime.] Revista de Derecho Penal y Criminología, 1, 395-409. [Spanish]

Johnson, S.D.; Summers, L. & Pease, K. (2009). Offender as forager? A direct test of the boost account of victimization. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 25(2), 181-200.

Summers, L. (2007). La medición estadística de las pautas espacio-temporales del delito. [The statistical measurement of spatio-temporal crime patterns.] Boletín Criminológico, 100. Available online. [Spanish]

Summers, L.; Johnson, S.D. & Pease, K. (2007). El contagio de robos de vehículos y sustracciones de objetos en vehículos: Aplicaciones de técnicas epidemiológicas. [The contagion of theft of and theft from motor vehicles: Applications of epidemiological techniques.] Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica, 5, artículo 1. Available online. [Spanish]

Johnson, S.D.; Summers, L. & Pease, K. (2006). Vehicle Crime:
Communicating Spatial and Temporal Patterns. Report submitted to the Home
Office. Available online.

Johnson, S.D.; Bowers, K.; Guerrette, R.; Summers, L. & Poynton, S. (2010). Systematic Review of the Empirical Evidence of Spatial Displacement and Diffusion of Benefit among Geographically Focused Policing Initiatives. Invited presentation at the 3rd Evidence Based Policing conference in Cambridge, July 2010.

Summers, L. (2007). Solving Local Crime Problems. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Crime Prevention: Czech Republic and International Perspectives in Prague, October 2007.

Summers, L. (2007). La Prevención Situacional del Delito [Situational Crime Prevention]. Invited lecture at the University of Girona (Spain), November 2007.

Summers, L. (2008). Las Técnicas de Prevención Situacional del Delito Aplicadas a la Delincuencia Juvenil [Applying Situational Crime Prevention Techniques to the Problem of Youth Crime]. Invited lecture at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain’s distance learning university), February 2008.

Summers, L. (2008). Reducing the Supply and the Demand for Illicit Drugs: Developing a Good Practice Guide for the European Union. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Tackling Drugs, Reducing Crime in Nottingham, April 2008.

Summers, L. (2011). Ilustraciones de la Aplicación de la Prevención Situacional del Delito [Case Studies in Situational Crime Prevention]. Invited lecture at the University of Castilla La Mancha (Spain), Febrero 2011.

Summers, L. & Johnson, S.D. (2009). La Teoría del Forrajeo Óptimo Aplicada al Delito contra la Propiedad y el Desarrollo de Mapas Predictivos [Optimal Foraging Theory Applied to Property Crime and the Development of Predictive Maps]. Invited lecture at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain’s distance learning university), June 2009.

Summers, L., Johnson, S.D., and Rengert, G.F. (2008). The Use of Maps in Offender Interviewing. Invited presentation at a conference entitled Offenders on Offending: How do we Learn from Criminals about Criminal Choices? Leiden, Netherlands, October 2008. 

Vozmediano, L.; Summers, L. & San Juan, C. (2008). Situational Crime Prevention and Environmental Criminology in Spain. Invited presentation at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis seminar in Izmir (Turkey), March 2008.

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