Brno, Czech Republic, September 2017 – The city of Brno organised the first National Crime Prevention Days of the Czech Republic on 19 and 20 September, which included a two-day conference of experts on “Crime, Crime Prevention and Society”.
The event gathered about 70 local authority representatives, as well as security practitioners, academics and members of the public.
A large array of themes were discussed, such as extremism, the prevention of reoffending, organised crime, and violence against women. A specific session was dedicated to seniors, who are perceived as a risk group in terms of security and prevention, with interventions from representatives of Brno and the Romanian city of Brašov, both members of Efus, as well as by Efus, represented by Pilar de la Torre, Programme Manager.
In addition, Efus moderated a working lunch on “Combating discriminatory violence at the local level” during which a number of security actors discussed how to address the issue, and the recommendations to be included in Efus’ next manifesto, which will be adopted during the international “Security, Democracy and Cities” conference in Barcelona, in November. The event also included a public exhibition showcasing various security organisations and companies, who presented their activities and successful projects. Visitors were mainly secondary school pupils, university students and senior citizens.
The National Crime Prevention Days concluded with the adoption of the Declaration of Brno, in which signatories call for more transverse cooperation on crime prevention.