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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 Aiden Sidebottom


Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: (+44) 020 7679 1232
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Aiden is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at University College London. He joined the Department in September 2006. His main research interests are problem-oriented policing, situational crime prevention and crime prevention evaluation. Aiden's PhD research explored the application of environmental criminology to better understand and prevent crime in Malawi. 

Refereed Articles

Sidebottom, A., Ashby, M. and Johnson, S. D. (2014). Copper cable theft: revisiting the price-theft hypothesis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 51(5): pp. 684-700.

Sidebottom, A. (2013). On the application of CRAVED to livestock theft in Malawi. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 37(3): pp.195-212.

Graycar, A. and Sidebottom, A. (2012). Corruption and control: a corruption reduction approach. Journal of Financial Crime, 19(4): pp. 384-399.

Sidebottom, A., Tilley, N. and Eck, J. E. (2012). Towards checklists to reduce common sources of problem-solving failure. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 6(2): pp. 194-209.

Guillaume, P., Sidebottom, A. and Tilley, N. (2012). On police and university collaborations: a problem-oriented policing case study. Police Practice and Research, 13(4): pp. 389-401.

Sidebottom, A. (2012). Repeat burglary victimization in Malawi and the influence of housing type and area-level affluence. Security Journal, 25(3): pp. 265– 281.

Sidebottom, A. and Tilley, N. (2012). Further improving reporting in crime and justice: an addendum to Perry, Weisburd and Hewitt (2010). Journal of Experimental Criminology, 8(1): pp. 49-69.

Sidebottom, A. and Tilley, N. (2011). Improving problem-oriented policing: the need for a new model? Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 13(2): pp. 79 - 101.

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, 48(3): pp. 396-418.

Townsley, M. and Sidebottom, A. (2010). All offenders are equal, but some are more equal than others: variation in journeys to crime between offenders. Criminology, 48(3): pp. 897 – 917.

Sidebottom, A. and Bowers, K. (2010). Bag theft in bars: An analysis of relative risk, perceived risk and modus operandi. Security Journal, 23(3): pp. 206–224.

Sidebottom, A., Johnson, S. D. and Thorpe, A. (2009). Using targeted publicity to reduce opportunities for bicycle theft: A demonstration and replication. European Journal of Criminology, 6(3): pp. 267–286.

Bowers, K., Sidebottom, A. and Ekblom, P. (2009). CRITIC: a prospective planning tool for crime prevention evaluation designs. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 11(1): pp. 48-70.

Johnson, S., Sidebottom, A. and Thorpe, A. (2008). Bicycle theft. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Series. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Sidebottom, A. and Tilley, N. (2008). Evolutionary Psychology and Fear of Crime. Policing: A journal of Policy and Practice, 2(2): pp. 167-174.

Townsley, M., Tompson, L. and Sidebottom, A. (2008). Editors’ Introduction to Special Edition of CPCS. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 10(2): pp. 69-74.

Ekblom, P. and Sidebottom, A. (2008). What Do You Mean, ‘Is It Secure?’ Redesigning Language to be Fit for the Task of Assessing the Security of Domestic and Personal Electronic Goods. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 14(1): pp. 61-87.

Book Chapters

Sidebottom, A. and Wortley, R. (forthcoming). Environmental criminology. In A. Piquero (ed.) Handbook of Criminological Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Tilley, N. and Sidebottom, A. (in press). Routine activities and opportunity theory. In M. D. Krohn and J. Lane (ed.) Wiley Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Price, V., Sidebottom, A. and Tilley, N. (2014). Understanding and preventing lead theft from churches. In S. Thomas and L. Grove (ed.) Heritage Crime. Palgrave Macmillan.

Tilley, N. and Sidebottom, A. (2014). Situational crime prevention. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Springer Verlag.

Sidebottom, A. and Johnson, S. D. (2014). Bicycle theft. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Springer Verlag.

Sidebottom, A. (2013). Bike theft. In J.I. Ross (ed.) Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Sage Publications.

Ekblom, P., Bowers, K., Gamman, L., Sidebottom, A., Thomas, C., Thorpe, A. and Willcocks, M. (2012). Design against bag theft: a case study of the Grippa clip using the Security Function Framework. In P. Ekblom (ed.) Designing out crime from products: Towards research-based practice. Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 26. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Sidebottom, A., Guillaume, P., Archer, T.  (2012). Findings from the first trial of a design-based intervention to reduce bag theft from supermarket trolleys. In P. Ekblom (ed.) Designing out crime from products: Towards research-based practice. Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 26. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Thorpe, A., Johnson, S.D. and Sidebottom, A. (2012). The impact of seven prototype bicycle parking stands on opportunities for bicycle theft. In P. Ekblom (ed.) Designing out crime from products: Towards research-based practice. Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 26. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Thorpe, A., Gamman, L., Ekblom, P., Johnson, S. and Sidebottom, A. (2010). Bike Off 2 – catalysing anti-theft bike, bike parking and information design for the 21st century: an open innovation research approach. In T. Inns (ed.) Designing for the 21st Century: Volume 2: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings. Gower: Ashgate.

Sidebottom, A. (2008). Crime Science and the Arms Race Dynamics of Crime Prevention, in K. Jaishankar (ed.) International Perspectives on Crime and Justice (pp. 430 – 454). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Edited Collections

Townsley, M., Tompson, L. and Sidebottom, A. (2008). Special Issue: New directions in Environmental Criminology. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 10(2). (Guest Editors).

Honours and Awards

Winner of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Research Network young researcher paper competition 2010.

Sidebottom, A. (2010). Enriching Corruption: Some suggestions on how situational crime prevention can inform the analysis and prevention of corruption.  Available at:

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