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- 19th Feb 2021
Crime - a behavioural perspective part 1: A £60 billion policy question
I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. - Rudyard Kipling (1902), Just So Stories A brutal murder, an ingenious bank robbery, the latest Scandi crime thriller - few things capture our imagination…
- 6th Jan 2021
BIT Goes to Washington
It’s now one year since BIT set up its office in Washington, DC - we reflect on establishing ourselves in this new market in an exciting but unusual time.
- 6th May 2020
Domestic abuse: another emergency that needs to be addressed
Since the 23rd of March, when the UK lockdown started, there has been a surge in domestic abuse. Calls to Refuge’s national helpline have increased by 49% compared to before the pandemic, and 14 women and 2 children lost their lives from violence in the home in the space of…
- 7th Feb 2020
BIT Crime Week Blog #5 Phishing and behavioural science
On 4 May 2000, millions of computers were infected with a virus that erased enough files to cause around £12bn worth of damage worldwide. An email virus that appeared to be a love letter from a friend. The message read: Subject line: ILOVEYOU Body of email: Kindly check the attached…
- 6th Feb 2020
BIT Crime Week #4 What works to prevent violence?
The Victorian surgeon, Robert Liston, was known as “the fastest knife in the West End”, supposedly amputating a leg in under two and a half minutes.1 In 1846, he also pioneered the use of ether as an anaesthetic, allowing patients to undergo surgery pain-free. The practice was rapidly adopted by surgeons,…
- 5th Feb 2020
BIT Crime Week #3 Could knife crime in London be driven by technological change?
In short, our working thesis is that the rise in knife crime – particularly prevalent since 2015 – might in part be driven by technological change. You might wonder how the two are possibly related?! The argument we make, as captured in BIT’s report for the Mayor of London’s Violence…
- 4th Feb 2020
BIT Crime Week #2 Fighting crime with data and innovation
I’d never seen a corpse before. I stepped carefully to avoid blood and body parts as people ran from the terrorists, who proclaimed their allegiance to a banned far-right group. The Armed Response Vehicles arrived within 6 minutes of being called and snipers scaled the roof, but already several people…
- 3rd Feb 2020
BIT Crime Week #1 Violence in London: what we know and how to respond
In the early hours of the first day of January 2019, a man was killed while working as a security guard at a New Year’s Eve party after he intervened to help a colleague involved in a struggle. In February, a man was murdered after refusing to give a stranger…
- 30th Jan 2020
Violence in London: what we know and how to respond
We have worked with the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit to carry out the first ever capital-wide assessment of violence. In our new report we bring together data analysis and new research from leading academics to complement the voices of London’s communities with evidence of large-scale patterns and trends…
- 27th Jan 2020
Remembering the Holocaust
"Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”