Tag Archives: UK

Effectiveness of stop & search

Over-reliance on stop & frisk in some U.S. cities has been criticized in recent years, while “stop & search” is currently hotly debated in the U.K. as a response to increased violence, especially knife crime. This new paper summarizes existing … Continue reading

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Elder fraud

U.S. authorities announced a year-long “largest-ever” elder fraud crackdown resulting in criminal and civil charges against 260 defendants for defrauding more than 2 million victims out of $750 million, as reported here. The total annual loss to elder Americans is … Continue reading

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Authorities close DDoS sites, pursue users

This article reports seizure of xDedic, an online marketplace for stolen login credentials and identities, following a coordinated FBI/Europol investigation that included raids on 9 locations in Ukraine, with additional details here and here. In related news, Europol and UK … Continue reading

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Violent crime up in the UK

Homicides increased 14% in the UK for the year ending September 2018, and recorded robberies and sex offenses were both up 17%, according to this article. Figures indicate that gun crime has been stable since 2011 while knife crime has … Continue reading

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Pedophile hunters in the UK

Pedophile hunters are citizens who pose “as children on social media sites and chat rooms. They then lure potential child sex offenders to an ostensible sexual encounter. Here, the suspect is confronted by the hunters.” These citizens provided evidence used … Continue reading

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New case screening algorithm in Kent

Kent police in the UK are experimenting with a new algorithm to help decide which cases merit follow-up investigation, as reported here. Similar methods have been used for years to winnow through burglary and theft cases, but Kent is using … Continue reading

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Durham’s chief

Durham has consistently been rated the UK’s best constabulary over the last several years, despite being one of the hardest hit by reduced funding. This article gives an appreciative profile of their chief, Mike Barton, described paradoxically as liberal but … Continue reading

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