Welcome to the Department of Security and Crime Science

The UCL Department of Security and Crime Science is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime and other risks to personal and national security. It does this through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction and security enhancement.

Our mission is to change policy and practice in the areas of crime and security. The Department plays a pivotal role in bringing together politicians, scientists, designers and front-line practitioners to examine patterns in crime and security threats, and to find practical methods to disrupt these patterns.

In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 75% of the department’s research activity was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading, placing the department joint second in the relevant unit of assessment.


Head of Department:
Professor Richard Wortley

UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3206

Fax: +44 (0)20 3108 3088