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Becky Thompson

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Criminology and Criminal Justice


Dr Becky Thompson is an Associate Professor in Criminology. Her research focuses upon household burglary, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and police-academic collaboration. Becky is the Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) department and is jointly responsible for research development within CCJ. She is a member of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology (QSC) Research Group.

Career overview

Dr Thompson joined NTU as a Senior Lecturer in 2015 after having graduated with a PhD in Criminology in 2014. She was promoted to Associate Professor in August 2019.

Research areas

Becky’s research focuses upon household burglary, ASB and police-academic collaboration. Much of this involves working alongside external partners, for example the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC). She has been awarded research funding from a number of sources, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Becky was awarded the NTU Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Researcher Award for Early Career Researchers in 2019.

External activity

Becky routinely collaborates with a variety of external partners in an attempt to bridge the gap between academic research, policy and practice across policing and criminal justice. To this end, she is an active member of the strategic board for EMPAC. In addition, the vast majority of her research projects involve collaboration with external partners. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trained.


  • Tseloni, A., Thompson, R., Grove, L., Tilley, N. and Farrell, G. (2014) 'The effectiveness of burglary security devices'. Security Journal. doi: 10.1057/sj.2014.30.
  • Tilley, N., Thompson, R., Farrell, G., Grove, L. and Tseloni, A. (2015) 'Do Burglar Alarms Increase Burglary Risk? A Counterintuitive Finding and Possible Explanations', Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 17(1). doi: 10.1057/cpcs.2014.17.
  • Thompson, R. (2017) Portable electronics and trends in goods stolen from the person. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54(2), pp. 276-298.
  • Tseloni, A. and Thompson, R. (2015) 'Securing the Premises', Significance, 12(1), pp. 32-35.
  • Tseloni, A., Farrell, G., Thompson, R., Evans, E. and Tilley, N. (2017) Domestic burglary drop and the security hypothesis, Crime Science, 6(1).
  • Tseloni, A., Thompson, R. and Tilley, N. (Eds) (2018) Reducing Burglary. Springer US
  • Thompson, R., Tiwari, P., Hunter, J., Tseloni, A. and Tilley, N. (2019) Anti-Social Behaviour: Living a Nightmare. Report co-authored with the Victims’ Commissioner and ASB Help.

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Press expertise

  • Burglary
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Crime Statistics