Ana Veronica Neves
Sociologist and crime prevention expert, Lisbon Municipal Police (Portugal)
Sociologist and criminologist. MSc. In Criminology, PhD. in Human Ecology with research on the relationship between space and behaviour in 2 case studies in Lisbon. CPTED trainer and national representative of CEN. Belongs to the city council of Lisbon and works in the Lisbon Municipal Police, implementing community policing projects and implementing crime prevention through environmental design methodology.
Do you have any specific hopes or predictions for the future of urban security? (What will urban security look like in 30 years? What will be the main opportunities and risks?)
With population density undesired behaviour will increase and crime prevention measure ought to be enforced in a sustainable manner to promote social cohesion, sense of ownership and belonging. Multidisciplinary teams must be implemented to rehabilitate or create new environments. More and more there is a need to focus on social mental health and promote healthy life styles.
Why do you think it is so important to involve citizens in urban security practice?
Because citizens are the end users and those who can provide sustainability to projects. Working for citizens and with citizens besides creating a feeling of belonging, it also promotes integration, social cohesion and responsibility.