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  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Person

Alexander Whitefield

Alexander is an Associate Research Advisor in the Home Affairs, Security and International Programs team, where he works on a range of policy areas and research methods. Prior to joining BIT, Alexander worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, advising European Financial Institutions. Alexander holds a BA in…

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Tom McMinigal

Tom is an Associate Advisor in the Home Affairs and International Development team, with a specific focus on our work in France. Before joining BIT, Tom worked as a policy advisor to the Chief Minister of Jersey and as a committee clerk for the Parliament of Jersey. Prior to that,…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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,…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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…

  • Report
  • 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…

  • Blog
  • 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.”