Department of Police Practice

Dr BC Benson

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 012 433 9412


  • DLitt et Phil: Police Science (UNISA)
  • MTech: Policing (Cum laude) (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • BTech: Policing (Cum laude) (Pretoria Technikon)

Currently teaching

  • Supervision of Masters and Doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Cultural heritage
  • Heritage crime
  • Crime investigation
  • Pedagogies and strategies in ODL and DOel

Field of Specialisation

  • Cultural heritage
  • Heritage crime
  • Crime investigation


  • Benson, B.C and Fouche, H. 2014. A South African study on the Interface between the Legal and Illegal Trade in Heritage Items (in  HERITAGE CRIME: PROGRESS, PROSPECTS AND PREVENTION. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 9781137357502)
  • Benson, B.C.,Jones, G and Horne, J. 2015. Forensic Investigation of crime, irregularities and transgressions (in FORENSIC INVESTIGATION: LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES AND SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE. Published by JUTA Law, ISBN: 9780702186479)

Journal articles

Benson, B.C. 2008. Analysing police corruption and its possible causes. RIMSA special edition 3.

Benson, B.C. 2010. The illicit trade in heritage objects: Fact or fiction? CRIMSA special edition (1).

Benson, B.C. 2010. Police corruption: a perceptual state of confusion? Acta Academica 42(1)

Benson, B.C and ... 2010. The significance of the crime scene in child rape cases. CARSA 11(1).

Benson, B.C. 2011. Heritage crime: the illegitimate sibling of the South African crime family. Acta Criminologica 24(1).

Benson, B.C and Horne, J. 2011. The value of evidence found at the scene of child rape cases. CARSA 12(1).

Benson, B.C., Horne, J. and Lochner, H. 2012. Making the invisible visible: the presentation of electronic (cell phone) evidence as real evidence in a court of law. Acta Criminologica 25(2).

Benson, B.C and Prinsloo, J. 2013.Thefts from museums and galleries in Gauteng: the value of accurate crime reporting. Acta Criminologica 26 (1).

Benson, B.C and Prinsloo, J. 2013. A perspective on the interpretation of cultural heritage in post-apartheid South Africa. South African Museaums Association Bulletin 36.

Benson, B.C and Roodt, C. 2015. Databases for stolen art: progress, prospects and limitations. SA Crime Quartelry 52

Benson, B.C, Van der Watt and Labuschagne, G. 2015. From stranger to serial: (re)emphasising the value of docket analysis as linkage tool in serial rape identification. Acta Criminologica 28(2). 

Benson, B.C. 2016. The Second Hand Goods Act as [In]capable guardian of cultural heritage objects. South African Museums Association Bulletins, 38.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editor-in-Chief: SAMAB
  • Member of the Policing Association of South Africa (POLSA)



  • Member of IDRA community engangement project
  • Member of Learners and Emerging Researchers sub-committee