Why study Crime & Security Engineering?

Security and crime are ongoing issues around the world. Terrorism, cybercrime, fraud, drug and human trafficking, are just some of the many threats that are becoming more sophisticated in the technological age. The infrastructures that define our lives – physical infrastructures, online systems, people networks, and even our everyday routines – have vulnerabilities which can be exploited by those driven by monetary or ideological motives. The Minor in Crime & Security Engineering will demonstrate how science and technology can be used to tackle these problems by focusing on the relationship between security threats and modern security technologies. You will be taught about the sources and characteristics of crime and security risks. This will lay the groundwork for studying the latest electronic, mechanical, chemical, biological and cyber technologies being developed to counter a range of such evolving threats.

What will you learn?

The learning outcomes from undertaking the minor are as follows:

  • Contextualisation of emerging and real-world crime and security threats.
  • Comprehending the motives driving both organised and unorganised crime, and various forms of terrorism.
  • Gauging the importance ‘environment’ plays in the crime events and the design and development of security countermeasures.
  • Understanding technical aspects of both new and existing physical security technologies, and the mathematical, scientific and engineering principles which they are based on.
  • Understanding tactics and computational methods used to counter emerging and future cyber threats.
  • Knowledge of the main legislation governing the use surveillance technology.
  • Appreciation of the influence public perception can have on the uptake of counter security technology.


Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Understanding the Crime Event

The module focuses on the patterned nature of crime – why certain crimes occur when and where they do. It will lead you through the process of using in-depth knowledge of crime events to design crime prevention strategies and effective crime policies.

Module Outline – Understanding the Crime Event

Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1 ) – Security Technologies

The module will introduce you to the field of Security Technology, and the fundamental scientific principles and processes underlying the operation of urban security technologies. You will also understand the systems engineering approach which must be taken to translate these theoretical concepts in the implementation of real-world security systems.

Module Outline – Security Technologies

Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – Cybercrime

This module will train you in understanding the different elements of cyber-criminal operations and the various actors involved in such operations. You will develop an awareness of the techniques and counter-measures that have been proposed in the literature to disrupt them. Moreover, you will learn how to identify weak points in the commission processes of cybercrime, and design mitigation techniques that are able to effectively disrupt them.

Module Outline – Cybercrime



Lead Academic

Dr Kevin Chetty
Dept Security & Crime Science
Email: ku.ca1547984641.lcu@1547984641ytteh1547984641c.k1547984641

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