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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...
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...
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...
Justin graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2003 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. After graduating he worked as a forensic investigator with the Department of Human Services where he specialised in conducting forensic interviews of child sex abuse victims.
After several years of working as a practitioner he attended Boston University where he completed his MA in Criminal Justice (2007). Justin spent the next two years working as a criminal investigator for the Office of the Public Defender in New Jersey before joining the Department of Security and Crime Science at UCL in September 2009.
Justin has diverse research interests that include the spatio-temporal analysis of crime, evidence-based policing, situational crime prevention, agent-based modelling and simulation and the use of quantitative methods in crime science. Justin’s most recent projects include an analysis of the temporal variation of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and crime at Premier League football matches in London, an evaluation of the football banning order, and numerous case studies on the spatial and temporal patterns of crime and disorder around football grounds in England.
Poster at the International Crime and Intelligence Analysis Conference 2011: The spatio-temporal signature of crime and disorder around football grounds: a tale of Villa and Wolves
Report for the Government Office for London (GOL): Temporal variation of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and crime at Premier League football matches in London
Report for the Scottish Government: An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland
Report for the Association of Chief Policer Officers (ACPO): 'Footprint' project research brief
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