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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...

Open Days

Our open evenings are an excellent opportunity to meet some of the course tutors and ask questions. We will be able to discuss in detail the content and logistics of our courses, as well as how the course fits into your future career plans. Usually our open evenings include current or former students from the course or a speaker from our group of course advisors which include the Met Police, National Police Improvement Agency, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, MoD, MI5, MI6 and British Transport Police.

Dates for open evenings (for courses starting September 2014) are as follows:

Open evening for MSc in Crime Science, MSc in Crime and Forensic Science and MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism

Tuesday 25th February 2014, from 6-9pm

Main Hall, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

To register for the above open evening, please complete this short form


6.00 Arrival

6.10 Welcome and introduction, Prof Richard Wortley, Head of Department, SCS

6.15 Talk: “Tracing the Motivations and Antecedent Behaviours of Lone-Actor Terrorists” by Dr Paul Gill, UCL

6.30 MSc in Crime and Forensic Science, Dr Ruth Morgan, Course Leader

6.45 MSc in Crime Science, Prof Kate Bowers, Course Leader

7.00 MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, Dr Noemie Bouhana, Course Leader

7.15 Questions

7.30 Drinks and meet the course tutors

During the above presentations we will also discuss the 14 bursary scholarships on offer.

Open evening for Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (Prospective PhD students only)

Tuesday 11th March 2014, from 6-9pm

Main Hall, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

To register for the open evening, please complete this short form

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