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Ben Stickle

Owner at Stickle Consulting

Murfreesboro, United States

Dr. Ben Stickle is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s 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, and operations), property crime (metal theft, burglary, and package theft) with a theoretical focus on crime prevention, environmental crime, rational choice, and ethnography. Ben has published in peer-reviewed journals on these and other topics and is the author of, Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit (Springer, 2017).

Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the criminal justice field, including service as Sheriff’s Deputy, Advanced Police Officer, Advanced Crime Scene Processor, and Private Security Officer. Ben is a two-time President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Ben is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII) and holds multiple professional certifications. Ben has served as an expert witness on matters involving police administration and is currently a scientific consultant and program evaluator for several Bureau of Justice grants totaling over 1 million dollars.

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

Ben SticklePoints
Academic15
Author52
Influencer18
Speaker8
Entrepreneur0
Total93

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Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

Health and Safety 67.33
Retail
Supply Chain 38.14
COVID19 39.07
Risk Management 35.20

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Publications

1 Academic Whitepaper
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

2 Article/Blogs
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
February 09, 2020
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

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

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

1 Journal Publication
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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1 Keynote
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

6 Media Interviews
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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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

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

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Tags: Risk Management, Supply Chain

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

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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

3 Panels
Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis
Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis
July 06, 2020

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

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

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management

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Package Theft

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

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

Offering consulting services for all stages of the Last Mile delivery related to theft and shrink.
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