Lockdown 'helps fuel rise in cybercrime'

Take extra care before buying face masks or testing kits online, or responding to texts apparently sent to you by the UK government or the NHS. Because while lockdown has helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is also helping fuel a rise in cybercrime.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policing cybersecurity cybercrime

Police platform patrols create ‘phantom effect’ that cuts crime in Tube stations

A major experiment introducing proactive policing to Underground platforms finds that short bursts of patrolling create a “phantom effect”: 97% of the resulting crime reduction was during periods when police weren’t actually present. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: crime policing london criminology

Carrying Tasers increases police use of force, study finds

Cambridge experiment with City of London police found that, while rarely deployed, just the presence of electroshock devices led to greater overall hostility in police-public interactions – an example of what researchers call the ‘weapons effect’.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 20, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: criminal-justice policing social-science

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