Building stronger, more cohesive societies using behavioural insights: new report

In cohesive societies people trust each other, feel part of a shared identity and are able to work together to create a common good. In turn, these societies tend to be happier, richer and more peaceful. However, multicultural societies face particular challenges in building social cohesion, as people tend to be less trusting of others […]

October 16, 2018

Measuring the impact of body worn video cameras on police behaviour and criminal justice outcomes

Introduction One of the most significant technical innovations in policing in recent years has been the emergence of the body worn video camera (BWVC), a form of closed circuit video. Though police forces across the world have begun to use the new technology to increase efficiency and improve policing outcomes, there have been relatively few […]

December 5, 2017

Improving road safety: new results

On 17 August 1896, Bridget Driscoll – a 44 year-old housewife from Croydon – was travelling to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace. On her way there she was hit by a car. She died minutes later from the resulting head injury, becoming the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a motorised […]

October 25, 2017

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