As most of you have probably seen in the Tech Labs Newsletters, the Tech Labs have been working on a virtual neighborhood for studying burglary. These studies are a collaboration between the NSCR (Jean-Louis van Gelder), the University of Porstmouth (Claire Nee) and the Network Institute’s Tech Labs (Marco Otte). The previous version of the Virtual Environment was used in several studies including one carried out in British prisons using actual criminals.
Discovery Channel made a short documentary of this study which features our virtual neighborhood.
At the moment we are working on the second version of the neighborhood featuring many more houses with different features offering an even more realistic environment to use in studies.