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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Crime Bytes: Fighting Festival Crime – the new high tech techniques introduced by police this festival season

In the run up to festival season, this article provides a quick insight into the new high tech crime fighting techniques that are being employed by police forces this year, in a bid to tackle organised theft across the country. In Leicestershire a cashless payment system has been introduced for Download festival, in an effort to reduce the amount of […]

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Research Associate Janice Goldstraw-White talk at CIFAS Annual Fraud Conference

On June 3rd Janice Goldstraw-White spoke at the CIFAS Annual Fraud Conference held in London. Her presentation looked at the motivations of fraudsters and was based on the findings from her research interviews with over 40 convicted fraudsters in prison. Through examining the unique characteristics of fraud, she outlined how these influence the decisions made by individuals to commit fraud […]

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Security Journal, Edited by Martin Gill and Bonnie Fisher

The Security Journal series is the world’s premier peer-reviewed security journal affiliated with ASIS International. The 2014 Impact Factor has been released and we are delighted to announce that the Security Journal has increased, receiving a 0.628 for 2014, compared to 0.455 in 2013. Written in an accessible style this dynamic publication is a great way for researchers and security professionals to keep informed […]

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Crime Bytes: Queen’s Speech Special – Crime and Security Highlights

This week, in the first fully Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996, the Queen laid out the government’s agenda for the coming year. Below we provide a brief overview of the headline implications of these 26 new bills for crime and security. Policing and Criminal Justice Bill – This new legislation aims to “improve the law on policing and criminal justice” […]

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New Report Out – Crimes against businesses findings 2014

Martin Gill is an advisor to the Home Office on  the 2014 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) and the findings from the 2014 survey have been released,examining the extent of crime against businesses in England and Wales. The focus of the report was on three sectors: agriculture, forestry and fishing; wholesale and retail trade; and accommodation and food services activities. The 2014 survey looked […]

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Crime Bytes: The role of the behavioural sciences in tackling organised crime

In a recent article published in Jane’s Intelligence Review (Jan 2015) Dr Anna Sergi, a lecturer in policing and crime science at the University of West London, explores the role of the behavioural sciences in tackling organised crime. Social and behavioural science is a multidisciplinary field, involving studies of psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, economics and communication that examine the relationships, […]

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Stolen Goods on the High street

Drawing on Perpetuity Research findings Churchill Home Insurance has revealed the ease of selling or trading stolen goods using high street pawn shops, second hand electronic stores and gold exchanges. During interviews with 15 convicted burglars conducted by Perpetuity Research some burglars admitted disposing of stolen items on the high street without legitimate identification. “pawn shops…they were used yes it was surprisingly easy. Too easy if […]

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What is the value of security in the workplace? Survey is now closed, thank you for your help

Most organisations agree that security is needed in the workplace to prevent and respond to crime, but what, if any, are the wider benefits to other corporate departments like HR, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Procurement and Operations? Does good security help organisations to care for staff and increase their productivity? Does it give a competitive edge? Does it help […]

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