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An analysis of police 101 phone calls

In 2011, Police forces across the UK introduced Police 101, a phone number for non-emergency issues. This important public service has come under strain more recently as forces have struggled to cope with the huge volumes of calls – which has sometimes led to callers having to wait for their call to be answered. Speaking […]

July 26, 2016


Reducing Mobile Phone Theft

Last week the Home Office published the second edition of “Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security”, a report which details mobile phone crime in the UK and how it changes over time. A core part of this report is based on BIT’s analysis of data provided by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The data cover […]

March 29, 2016


Innovation in Policing: a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray

Today we have a guest blog from Chief Superintendent Alex Murray of West Midlands Police – the second largest force in England and Wales – with whom we work closely on a range of criminal justice issues. Alex is Commander of Solihull Local Policing Unit. He is also the founder of the Society of Evidence […]

January 7, 2016


We’re hiring!

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as a Senior Advisor leading work on Crime, Justice and Home Affairs.  You will lead a range of projects across the Home Affairs portfolio of work looking at ways in which behavioural insights can be applied to policy problems. For more information please read the full […]

November 4, 2015


Promoting diversity in the Police

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our recent trials. This first post is dedicated to an emerging area of focus for BIT: home affairs and justice. We occasionally get a result that even we are stunned by. One of these, picked up in the media coverage of our 2015 Update, […]

July 24, 2015


An analysis of mobile phone theft

Last Sunday, The Behavioural Insights Team and the Home Office published the report “Reducing Mobile Phone Theft and Improving Security”. The report provides detailed evidence of which mobile phones are most likely to be stolen, where they are likely to be taken, and who the most typical victims are likely to be. In addition to […]

September 11, 2014


Empowering consumers in order to reduce mobile phone theft

On 3rd September the Home Secretary announced that we will be publishing a joint BIT/Home Office analysis intended to better inform consumers about mobile phone theft and security. The analysis uses Metropolitan Police Service data to show how offenders disproportionately target certain phones; how these patterns are sensitive to security features in the phones themselves […]

September 5, 2014