Evaluation of Restorative Justice for Fraud offences

Research suggests that the use of Restorative Justice to reconcile offenders with their victim(s) and/or the wider community, has the potential to reduce repeat offending. Consequently it can bring benefits to victims of crime, offenders, and ultimately the criminal justice system and the wider public. One area that has not yet been tested is its application for engaging fraudsters. While […]

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Crime Bytes – Banks are not liable in most vishing frauds, warns Financial Ombudsman Service

Voice phishing (commonly referred to as vishing) is the criminal practice of using social engineering over the phone to gain access to victims’ personal and financial information in order to defraud them. Fraudsters often pose as bank staff or police officers, and can use clever techniques such as manipulating Caller ID and staying on the line after victims think they […]

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Brand New Article By Martin Gill and Paul Ekblom in the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

Professor Martin Gill and Paul Ekblom have just had their article ‘Rewriting the Script: Cross-Disciplinary Exploration and Conceptual Consolidation of the Procedural Analysis of Crime’ published in the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. Abstract: The use of Cornish’s crime-scripts approach in situational crime prevention grows apace. However, we believe the conceptual foundation of cognitive scripts imported from Abelson […]

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Beyond the Protection of Assets: The Broader Benefits of Security

In both corporate security departments and amongst security suppliers, there has been a very narrow focus on the benefits from services provided; in fact most often that focus has been on security benefits. But there is evidence that a host of other (non-security) benefits are derived from having good security. For the first time ever we will be able to […]

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What is the impact of transferring youths into the adult criminal justice system?

The What Works Centre has listed a new intervention on their What Works Crime Reduction Toolkit, which focusses on Transferring youths to the adult criminal justice system. The research analyses whether youths who are transferred from a young offenders institution to an adult prison are more likely to reoffend in the future, concluding that they are around 30% more likely to commit […]

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10 Notable Things That Hackers Can Hack Into

At the start of the century it would have been unthinkable that public safety could be compromised by criminals sitting in their own living room. However, with the rapid increase in internet-connected devices, hackers can cause havoc on many different fronts. Consequently, IFSEC Global have highlighted 10 things that hackers could gain control of, or, already have done so. Here’s a list […]

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5 key tips to protect your personal information

Identity theft has undoubtedly become a key challenge to the general public which is increasing. According to CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention agency, identity fraud increased by 31% during the first three months of 2015 and following these figures the City of London Police have provided 5 key tips for the public to protect their personal information from fraudsters. Firstly, it is advised […]

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New Security Research Initiative Project: Tackling Cyber Crime

This year the Security Research Initiative is taking on a new project looking at the role of the private security sector in tackling cyber crime. As cyber crime is quickly growing and evolving, the threat posed to businesses and individuals is irrefutable. Unlike conventional crimes we are all very likely to be victims of a cyber attack; it is almost guaranteed. It is […]

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Smoking is on the decline for pupils

Merely a decade ago, nearly half of UK pupils had tried smoking at least once in their lives. However, according to a recent article from the BBC, Health and Social Care Information Centre data reveals that more pupils are now trying e-cigarettes (also known as ‘vaping’) than actual cigarettes. According to figures, the number of pupils that are taking up smoking is declining […]

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