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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...

Creating connections

10 February 2012

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

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