Project to improve distraction burglary police detection

A new ‘best practice’ guide to help police forces detect cases of distraction burglary throughout the UK is being developed by our criminologists.

The guide will be an amalgamation of the best strategies used by a number of police forces to successfully detect distraction burglary and will include forensic, data mining and investigative tactics to help law enforcement to identify and solve these crimes.

There are approximately 12,000 distraction burglary offences per year in the UK. 

The strategy will be launched in the autumn in a series of regional seminars for police forces. 

The project is supported by the University of Leicester Research and Enterprise Division’s Prospect fund, designed to foster an entrepreneurial culture within the University. 

As part of the project, criminologist Dr John Bond is working with researcher Alex Murphy and Visiting Fellow in Criminology and acknowledged expert in the mining of police data Dr Rick Adderley from the University of Leicester Department of Criminology.