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Ben Stickle

Owner at Stickle Consulting

Murfreesboro, United States

Dr. Ben Stickle is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force & administration), property crime (metal theft & burglary), and emerging crimes (package theft, crime in the sharing economy). Ben’s theoretical focus is crime opportunity and rational choice, specializing in qualitative methods. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Practice & Research, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Policing: An International Journal. He is the author of Metal Scrappers and Thieves (Springer), co-editor of Policing Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View (Routledge), editor of Field Studies in Environmental Criminology (Routledge), and authored over twenty book chapters, reviews, & encyclopedia entries. Also, his research has garnered national and international reach, including over 100 news reports, presentations in six counties, including at the United Nations in New York & Geneva, and across numerous practitioner outlets.

Ben has over twenty years of experience in the criminal justice field, including service as a Police Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, and Private Security Officer. He is a two-time President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and a Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. A graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII), Ben holds multiple professional certifications and has served as an expert witness on police administration matters. Currently, Ben incorporates his experience as a practitioner into service as a program evaluator or primary investigator for multiple Bureau of Justice grants, including practitioner-partnerships with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & Rutherford County Correctional Center focused on justice mental health responses, offender reentry, human trafficking, and crime statistics.

Available For: Consulting
Travels From: Nashville
Speaking Topics: Crime, Package Theft, Crime Prevention

Ben SticklePoints
Academic25
Author65
Influencer75
Speaker56
Entrepreneur0
Total221

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Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

Health and Safety 91.11
Retail 36.60
Supply Chain 35.66
COVID19 68.76
Risk Management 50.68
Health and Wellness 31.20
Customer Experience 30.30
Digital Disruption
Innovation

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Federal & Public Sector
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Publications

2 Academic Whitepapers
The Last Foot of the Supply Chain is Presenting New Challenges
Delivery Safe
June 01, 2021

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Tags: Health and Safety, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Package theft in a Pandemic
University College London, Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
June 05, 2020
Package Theft is the crime of stealing a package after it has been delivered (often on a porch) by a commercial delivery organization and left unattended outside of a residence or business. This crime is so new, it has only recently been defined (see Hicks, Stickle, & Harms, in press); nevertheless, it has gained significant attention in social media posts and news reports, which have colloquially referred to the crime as porch piracy and offenders as porch pirates.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

5 Article/Blogs
Are Your Packages Safe from ‘Porch Pirates’?
The Crime Report
February 22, 2021

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Tags: COVID19, Risk Management, Supply Chain

5 Tips for Stopping Porch Pirates from Stealing Your Packages
Business Insider
November 06, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, COVID19

Porch Piracy: The Most Vulnerable Part of the Supply Chain
The Mail & Express Review
September 01, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Fighting Pirates: A First Look at How to Prevent Porch Package Theft
Loss Prevention Magazine
June 25, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, COVID19

Porch piracy: Here’s what we learned after watching hours of YouTube videos showing packages being pilfered from homes
The Conversation
April 01, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

1 Book
Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit
Springer
August 02, 2018
This book explores the little-known world of scrappers and metal thieves’ based on field research collected while traversing communities with thieves and scrappers. Drawing on candid interviews, observations of criminals at work, and participation in the scrapping subculture, the volume describes the subculture of scrappers and identifies differences between scrappers and metal thieves. Through the offenders’ perspective, often quoting their candid responses, Stickle explores the motivations for metal theft as well as the techniques and methods for successfully committing theft. The book discusses how these methods and techniques are learned and identifies ways—often through the thieves’ own words—to prevent metal theft. Throughout the book, common assumptions are challenged about this community and policy implications are identified.

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Tags: Health and Safety

3 Journal Publications
Assessing the Fear of Package Theft
American Journal of Criminal Justice
January 04, 2021
A rapidly growing crime problem in the United States and abroad, package theft is a phenomenon that is of persistent and significant concern to the public. However, the academic study on the subject has been neglected. Because package theft is understudied, the impact it has is difficult to understand, and the crime itself is hard to address. This present study defines package theft, informs readers about package theft, and examines online retail consumers’ fear of the crime. Fear of crime research has typically focused on the fear of violent crime, or it has concentrated on an abstract fear of crime. This study broadens the literature about fear of crime by examining fear of a specific crime, package theft, using an index of eleven questions measuring behavioral, cognitive, and affective impacts. Survey data of 562 participants from 49 states reveal that nearly one quarter (23.8%) have experienced package theft. Fear of package theft was statistically significant among the variables gender (women more than men), residential location (urban and suburban more than rural), and previous victimization of package theft. Additionally, the fear of package theft directly or vicariously harmed consumers and resulted in risk mitigation and risk avoidance behaviors. The present study demonstrates the usefulness of measuring fear through an index of multiple variables, for a specific crime, within an environmental context.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Supply Chain, Risk Management

Crime Rates in a Pandemic: The Largest Criminological Experiment in History
American Journal of Criminal Justice
June 16, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Retail, Risk Management

Porch pirates: examining unattended package theft through crime script analysis
Taylor & Francis
February 09, 2020
Package theft is an emerging crime type due to the tremendous growth in online shopping and the delivery of goods directly to a home. Unattended delivery creates an opportunity for thieves to steal packages after delivery and before the resident collects them. It is believed that these types of incidents are increasing dramatically, and media attention has amplified awareness and concern of ‘porch pirates.’ Currently, little is known about unattended package theft and the present study represents the first known scholarly examination of this crime. Using Video Data Analysis to examine 67 YouTube videos of porch pirates engaged in criminal activity, the authors develop a Crime Script Analysis and identify Situational Crime Prevention (SCP) practices that can interrupt porch piracy. Findings indicate porch piracy occurs during daylight hours, at homes closer to a roadway, and most often with packages that can be easily seen from the roadway which are of medium size and usually have brand names on the box. Further, traditional SCP techniques such as fences, cameras, and guardians appear to have little impact on the thieves. Prevention techniques are discussed with the most promising including: increasing the risks, concealing packages, and removing packages. Additional findings, prevention techniques, and limitations are discussed.

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Tags: Supply Chain

4 Keynotes
Package Theft & Porch Pirates
ASIS International
April 27, 2021

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Risk Management

The Future of Theft
The Clearlink Consumer Brands Safety and Security Week
October 12, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, Retail

Understand Retail Crime During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Violent Crime Working Group of the Loss Prevention Research Council
September 07, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Retail, Risk Management

Theft in the Last Mile: Responding to and Preventing Package Theft
Post & Parcel Live
June 17, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Risk Management

25 Media Interviews
Felony Punishments for Porch Piracy Take Effect in Georgia
Georgia Public Broadcasting
July 01, 2021

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Authorities Crack Down on Porch Pirates
Good Morning America
June 02, 2021

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

Crackdown on Porch Pirates
World News Now
June 02, 2021

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

Modern Justice: Criminal Justice Professor and Former Officer Ben Stickle Tackles Timely Research Topics Such as Porch Piracy
Middle Tennessee State University
February 01, 2021

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

How to prevent porch pirates from stealing your packages this holiday season
The Toledo Blade
December 20, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Risk Management

Vigilance One Way to Curb Porch Pirates
Greenville Sun
November 28, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety

Shopping Online? How to Avoid Porch Pirates this Holiday Season from an Expert on Package Theft
The Tennessean
November 25, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, COVID19

The latest technology and solutions keeping consumer goods safe during delivery
Parcel and Postal Technology International
November 23, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety, COVID19

Is COVID-19 Fueling a Rise in ‘Porch Piracy’?
The Crime Report
October 30, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Safety, Supply Chain

The 11 Most Sought-After Items on Every Burglar’s Hit List
Readers Digest Canada
October 07, 2020

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Tags: Health and Safety

A Look into Crime, Untold Stories, COVID-19 and More with Guest from MTSU
WGNS Radio
September 23, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness

Have a New Address? Don’t Lose Your Mail
The New York Times
September 22, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

Crime in the COVID-19 Era’
On the Record - Middle Tennessee State University
September 17, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management, COVID19

Domestic Violence Cases Not Affected by Pandemic
Murfreesboro Post
September 16, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness

MTSU, Texas State Professors Posit Pandemic Offers ‘Largest Criminological Experiment in History’
Newswise
August 19, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness, Risk Management

Play it Safe: Experts Look at the Latest Technologies and Solutions Available to Keep Consumer Goods Safe During Delivery
Parcel and Postal Technology International
August 18, 2020

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Tags: Retail, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Researchers Publish First Academic Study on Package Theft
Prevent Package Theft
August 03, 2020

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

‘Paranoid about the Pandemic’: How COVID-19 Brought the ‘Largest Criminological Experiment in History’
National Post
July 20, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Crime Hasn’t Spiked During COVID-19 Outbreak—Yet
U.S. News & World Report
July 15, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness, Risk Management

Porch Cameras
BYU Radio - The Lisa Show
April 21, 2020

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Porch Piracy – Causes and Solutions
The Postal Hub Podcast Episode #189
March 12, 2020

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Cute videos, but little evidence: Police say Amazon Ring isn't much of a crime fighter Hundreds of police departments have signed agreements with Ring to gain access to footage filmed on home surveillance cameras
NBC News
February 15, 2020

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How likely are you to be a ‘porch pirate’ victim? New study offers clues
WTOP News
January 27, 2020

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How can we stop 'porch pirates'? Academics say: don't publish this article
Input Magazine
January 16, 2020

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Crime Science Podcast #37: Breaking Down Porch Piracy & Metal Theft Featuring Dr. Ben Stickle
Loss Prevention Research Center
January 15, 2020

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

4 Panels
Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft through Crime Script Analysis
Annual Meeting of the Criminology Consortium
November 20, 2020

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Tags: Supply Chain, Health and Safety

Crime Rates in a Pandemic: The Largest Criminological Experiment in History
Southern Criminal Justice Association
October 22, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Safety

National Institute of Justice Virtual Meeting – COVID-19 and Law Enforcement Services and Operations
Police Executive Research Forum
October 22, 2020
In support of the U.S. Department of Justices’ National Institute of Justice, the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Safety

COVID-19 and Law Enforcement Services and Operations
National Institute of Justice Virtual Meeting
September 29, 2020
In support of the U.S. Department of Justices’ National Institute of Justice, the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver

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Tags: Risk Management, COVID19

4 Speaking Engagements
Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis
Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis
July 06, 2020

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Tags: Health and Safety, Risk Management, Supply Chain

Package Theft: A Survey of Retail Consumers
Southern Criminal Justice Association
September 30, 2019

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft through Crime Script Analysis.
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
March 25, 2019

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

Porch Piracy: Trends, Techniques, & Prevention
American Society of Criminology
November 15, 2018

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

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Location: Any    Date Available: June 08th, 2020    Fees: $500

Submission Date: June 08th, 2020    Service Type: Service Offered

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