How to understand the feeling of insecurity at night and provide innovative solutions and practices to mitigate it
24 November, 2pm CET
The use of the city changes during night time: the needs and demands of citizens are not the same as during the day thus, the issues and possible responses should reflect these differences. At night, the usual points of reference disappear; citizens experience an increased sense of uncertainty and anxiety that feeds a specific feeling of insecurity which is only partially the result of a real threat of crime. Feelings of insecurity, especially at night, are of importance for their impact on the individual and collective well-being as well as for its economic and political consequences. Understanding which factors – for instance, personal victimisation experiences or awareness of crime as a societal issue – affect different groups’ perceptions of security helps untangle fear of crime from other emotional reactions such as situational anxiety, shock, anger or distress.
In the framework of this Working Group we invite those stakeholders that are the most concerned by this issue to discuss the following questions:
- How does the feeling of insecurity change at night?
- What concrete impacts can feelings of insecurity have?
- What methods and tools to better assess the perceived insecurity levels?
- How do different European cities deal with some of the most insecurity-generating
- behaviours such as street intimidation and sexual harassment?
The European forum for urban security – through its Nightlife and Security and Innovation Working Groups – and the Plateforme de la Vie Nocturne (Nightlife Platform) invite you to participate in this thematic Working Group seeking to reflect collectively on the prior listed elements. In order to launch the discussion and learn about interesting experiences we will count with the presentations from:
- Elena Guidorzi, Experientia
- Randy Bloeme, DSP Groep
- Aušra Pocienė & Aleksandras Dobryninas, Vilnius University
This event is part of the “États généraux du droit à la fête” (public meetings on the right to celebrate), a series of events about nightlife during times of crisis that will bring together local stakeholders. This initative is led by the Culture Bar-Bars collective, a longtime partner of Efus, which coordinates the Nightlife Platform.
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