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NTU research into burglary deterrents wins Research Excellence Award 2019


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Professor Andromachi Tseloni from the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University has received the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Research Excellence Award 2019 for her pioneering work on burglary security.


She led a study into burglary security devices and vulnerable households and communities by analysing 20 years of crime data, testing which ones work for whom and in what context.

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Drawing on statistical analyses of multiple sweeps of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the research identified the kind of households and areas that are increasingly targeted, and therefore should be prioritised by initiatives for further reductions and preventing future increases in burglary rates.


It also found that homes with multiple devices were up to 52 times more protected against burglary than homes without security whilst recognising the most effective security combinations.


Professor Tseloni presented her study ‘Which burglary security works for whom and in what context?’ at the recent ONS Data Capability 2019 event at Central Hall Westminster, where she was presented with the award.


“Being amongst the finalists was tremendously rewarding in itself, so winning the overall award represents an extra special recognition of my research and the contribution of my co-researchers” said Professor Tseloni.


“This award is a unique opportunity to share the research findings with both the research community and policy makers, and I hope they can be used to inform crime reduction initiatives that bring real change to the lives of everyday people.


“This award will undoubtedly open up opportunities to extend my research to examine the contribution of new security devices and other approaches in reducing the risk of burglary across communities.”


Her research has already been used at local and national level, informing the advice given by the Neighbourhood Watch Network and setting a minimum standard for security used by Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire police force and the University of Nottingham.


Frankie Kay, Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability at ONS said: “We are delighted to see Professor Tseloni win the 2019 Research Excellence Award. The results of her project are already being used to make people and their property safer, highlighting the power of data in making better decisions and improving the lives of people in the UK.


“All of our finalists showed the benefit of sharing data and we hope that their research goes on to help inform those in government, business and the charity sector who need reliable figures to make important decisions.”


Other finalists included academics from University College London and the University of Bristol with their areas of research varying from better care for children with epilepsy to the analysis of changes to pensions in the public sector.


The ONS’s Research Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding, innovative research carried out using ONS secure data. This research must deliver a public benefit to the UK, whilst protecting data confidentiality.

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