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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.
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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...

SCS student news

Current opportunities

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There are currently no opportunities within the Department of Security & Crime Science. We will update this page with new opportunities within the department and elsewhere as and when they become available.

STEM Ambassadors programme

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If you are interested in outreach, have you considered becoming a STEM Ambassador? The STEM Ambassadors Programme enables teachers to make links from the curriculum to how STEM is practised in the world of work, illuminating applications across a vast range of careers.

Engineers Without Borders Sabbatical Opportunity

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Engineers Without Borders, UCLU Society Manager - 1 year paid position

Opportunity available either full-time (36.5 hours per week) or as two part-time positions (20 hours per week). Available to any student enrolled on an MSc or PhD in the Faculty of Engineering. Closing date Friday 20th July.

Further details are available to download.

PhD Opportunities

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TWO fully-funded PhD positions paying £17,000 tax-free stipend+ full UK/EU fees + research and conference travel budget. For full details and how to apply click on the links below: 

Forensic Genomics Summer School

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The Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands (FGCN) is organising a summer school from 16th - 18th August 2012 in The Hague.

The summer school is aimed at young forensic scientists or researchers, who would like to increase their knowledge in forensic genetics.

For more details and to register, visit the website. Closing date for registrations is 16th July.

UCL Careers Service Jobs Market

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Are you graduating this year? Still planning your next steps?
Class of 2012 week is designed to equip you with some useful tips and guidance to help you after graduation. Highlights include an opportunity to meet employers with current vacancies in our UCL Jobs market 2012 event, workshops covering areas such as how to go about your job search and writing effective Cv’s as well as an opportunity to talk to a careers consultant about your own particular situation.

Intelligence Researcher

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LOCOG (the organisers of the Olympic Games) have a vacancy for an Intelligence Researcher. Please download the job description for more details and to find out how to apply.

Press Assistant at British Science Association

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Fixed-term contract from July to September 2012 based in London. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in science communication.

Forensic Voice Comparison Lecture

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Dr Geoffrey Morrison (University of New South Wales) is giving a talk on forensic voice comparison at Queen Mary, University of London on Friday 20th April at 11am.

His talk is entitled: What did Bain really say? A forensic analysis of the disputed utterance based on data, acoustic analysis, statistical models, calculation of likelihood ratios, and testing of validity.

The talk is being held at the Department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, QMUL (Mile End Road, London E1 4NS - the department is building no. 6 on this map).

Counter Terror Expo 2012

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The Counter Terror Expo 2012 takes places over two days on 25th and 26th April and is held at Olympia, London. The annual event showcases UK and overseas expertise in counter terrorism. It brings together industry professionals and experts to deliver workshops, discussions and an exhibition aimed at providing insight, perspective and analysis into current threats and specialised security topics.

The admissions policy is strict and restricted to representatives from the government, military, police, trade and research. However this may well be relevant to our part time students, researchers and academics. Please note that pre-registration is essential via the website.

For more information please click here.

The international crime drop: seminar

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Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

Speakers
Nick Tilley, University College London
Andromachi Tseloni, Nottingham Trent University
Jan Van Dijk, Tilburg University, Netherlands

International Conference on Engineering and Technology Innovation 2012

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We are pleased to invite you to The 2nd International Conference on Engineering and Technology Innovation 2012 (ICETI2012), scheduled from November 02-06, 2012 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

17th German Congress in Crime Prevention

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The 6th Annual International Forum (AIF) within the 17th German Congress in Crime Prevention (GCOCP) will take place on 16 and 17 April 2012 in Munich. The AIF will present lectures of international experts and current topics in the field of crime prevention.

The AIF is held in English language with some parts of the German Congress on Crime Prevention which are simultaneous translated (opening and closing plenum). Also international guests can experience the exhibition (were over 200 institutions displaying their crime preventive work), and take part in the evening reception and other events (poster session etc.).

Since the GCOCP is one of the biggest congresses in crime prevention with over 2.500 participants and a growing number of international guests every year since 1995 in different German cities, this is your chance to network and discover new approaches in crime prevention.

For more information (program etc.) please click here.

Win £50 for survey participation

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You are invited to take part in a study evaluating a web-based resource to help patients decide between dialysis options. You do not need any specific knowledge to participate.

Creating connections

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A UCL and Camden Shares networking event

Thursday 16th February 6.00 – 8.00pm

Old Refectory, UCL Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT


Could you use some academic expertise in your work? Are you interested in working with staff and research students from University College London, one of the world’s top universities? If so, book a space at Creating Connections, an informal networking event at UCL on Thursday 16th February, 6.00 – 8.00pm.

The event will be a chance to create new collaborations between UCL’s researchers and community organisations. Perhaps you’re thinking about doing some research into the impact of your organisation? Or need help with a health promotion campaign? Or are wondering about how to get policy makers to listen to you? Or want to help local residents tell the history of their neighbourhood? If so, UCL might be able to help.

In fact, these are just a few of the areas where UCL and the community have worked together successfully – and we’re always looking for new ideas and new partners. The event will be a practical evening with people from UCL and across London’s not-for-profit sector. You’ll hear about other’s experiences of university-community projects, and have the chance to turn your own ideas into action. Camden’s resource sharing network, Camden Shares, will also be on hand to give advice about creating successful partnerships.

The event is jointly organised by UCL’s Public Engagement Unit, UCLU’s Volunteering Services Unit, and Camden Shares. To sign up, email John Braime at j.braime@ucl.ac.uk

WSV Symposium on Victimology

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The 14th International WSV Symposium on Victimology

Justice for Victims: Cross-cultural perspectives on conflict, trauma and reconciliation
20-24 May 2012, World Forum, The Hague, The Netherlands

The World Society of Victimology (WSV), the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) and Victim Support Europe are pleased to invite you to participate in the 14th International WSV Symposium on Victimology. During the Symposium renowned experts will address the three main themes Victims Rights, Transitional Justice and Trauma, Resilience and Justice in their keynotes. Together with academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, teachers and students from around the world they will examine and discuss current and emerging issues in the field.

Recruiting for VIEV

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VIEV is the UCL Engineering Doctorate in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation. Our doctoral students are fully funded to complete a four-year programme, and we are recruiting for 2012 and 2013.

The VEIV Open Day provides an opportunities to meet academic staff and visit our labs. For visitors with connections to industry, the day also includes a special liaison event for our industry contacts.

The day includes a special presentation by Lars Hesselgren (PLP Architecture) and Dr Niloy Mitra (UCL Computer Science), and closes with a drinks reception.

ALL WELCOME, register now at this link.

UCL Engineering MakeSpace

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Do you enjoy making things, or want to learn how to?

UCL Engineering is building a MakeSpace, a free access space where
staff, students, and alumni from all disciplines can share tools,
ideas, and skills. If you need to build robots, musical instruments,
or want to sew a pair of MC Hammer trousers with sound-reactive LEDs,
chances are you’ll need to learn some techniques and get hold of some
equipment and thinking space.

The MakeSpace doesn't physically exist yet, but it will be located at
the bottom of the Malet Place Engineering Building. However, we won't
be limited by a lack of a permanent space! We're going to have regular
gatherings, where we work on some projects each week.

The first meeting of the MakeSpace users will be on Wednesday the
25th of Jan
, so come along and meet everyone else who want to build things,
exchange some ideas, and learn more about this exciting UCL
initiative!

Location: Sir Eric Ash room, 9th Floor Roberts Building
Time: 17.30 – 19.00, and then to the pub!

Don't worry if you can't make this meeting, we'll be holding them every week from now on. Check out the website or Facebook for more.

Introducing Google Places and working within social media

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February 2, 1012

6pm-6pm

Location: Malet Place Engineering Room 1.02

Engineers without borders

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
28th January 2012


The UCL Engineering sponsored student society, Engineers Without Borders UCLU, will hold their second annual International Development course on 28th January. During a day of discussions in the Chadwick Building, students and invited speakers will discuss the role students can take in bringing about positive change.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Nick Tyler, the head of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at UCL, and Gavin McGillivray, head of private sector development at the Department for International Development. There will also be workshops and refreshments, finishing with a reception.

Time: 12 – 5pm, Saturday 28th January

Location: Chadwick Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Only 40 places are available, so buy your tickets online soon! £3 for early birds, and a princely £5 for the latecomers, thanks to UCL Engineering’s sponsorship of the event.

Working in Museums and Galleries

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Tuesday 24th January 2012
Archaeology Lecture Theatre: UCL Museums and Galleries

17.00-19.00

Get the chance to ask experts about their roles and career paths, including a series of brief talks to gain a better insight into the world of working in Museums and Galleries, hosts will include:

Celine West, Head of Learning and Access, UCL Museums
Emma Nicholls, Grant Museum of Zooology
Susie Chan, UCL Exhibition Manager
Ian Carroll, Collections Manager, Institute of Archeology
Tonya Nelson, Manager, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology
Emma Nicholls, Museum Asst. Grant Museum

Free nibbles and networking event after.

To book this event, click here.


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