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  • Crime rates around London universities ranked worst in UK Universities have been urged to monitor offences, including sexual violence, against students, by an annual publication that ranks UK higher education institutions according to crime rates. The Complete University Guide, published on Monday, uses official police figures to measure rates of violent and sexual crimes, burglary and robbery, within three miles of campuses to rank crime ...
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  • Half of the UK top 20 burglary hotspots are by the coast Skegness is one of the top three coastal burglary hotspots in the UK, according to crime figures. The Home Office’s crime maps website police.uk reveals figures for every postcode, month by month. However a new analysis of the data shows almost half of the top 20 burglary hotspots are by the coast. And out of those coastal hotspots, ...
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  • On the rise: more criminals smuggling drugs, weapons into prisons with drones – NOMS Drones are a growing threat to security in Britain’s prisons as criminal gangs use them to smuggle drugs and weapons into jails, officials admit. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) warned the number of attempts to infiltrate prisons using widely available commercial drones is small but rising rapidly. There were nine attempts to use drones to infiltrate ...

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  • Link between the economy and crime rates has broken down, new research finds The assumption that rising unemployment means rising crime is challenged by new research by the Universities of Sheffield, Southampton and SciencesPo in Paris. The study finds that the association between unemployment and property crime – which was strong in the 1970s and 1980s – weakened after 1995 and became non-existent by 2005. The research, which will be ...
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  • ‘Predictive policing’ tries to stop violent crime before it happens   Police departments in major American cities are trying to prevent violent crime with the help of an unlikely ally: data mining. In recent years, law enforcement agencies have been experimenting with “predictive policing,” a tool that harnesses computer algorithms to identify individuals likely to commit crimes, The New York Times reports. It may sound a little bit ...
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  • Aerial Drones cause dramatic (92%) fall in violent crime   Rhinoceros populations have a new ally, as deployments of drones in South Africa have proven to cause a drastic reduction in poaching, according to a new report. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, home to one of the highest populations of rhinos in the world, has claimed a 92% drop in poaching across a one-year ...