As part of the World Urban Forum which took place in Medellin, Colombia, mid 2014, UN-Habitat commissioned the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) and the International Crime Prevention Centre (ICPC) to collect 100 promising practices on safer cities.
Since 1987, Efus has been one of the largest practice exchange centres in the field of urban security, with over 300 practice sheets collected. Under the impulse and guidance of UN-Habitat, Efus and ICPC have worked together to publish a sample of these practices, which have been instrumental for safety and security stakeholders in many cities around the world. These practices have been implemented by Efus members in local and regional authorities throughout Europe over the course of the past twenty years or so. Through this publication, they will now reach a public of local authorities and security practitioners from around the world.
The 100 practices have been classified into 5 categories:
- YOUTH SAFETY PRACTICES
- GENDER SAFETY PRACTICES
- URBAN DEVELOPMENT SAFETY PRACTICES
- COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION SAFETY PRACTICES
- POLICING & SECURITY SAFETY PRACTICES
- GOVERNANCE SAFETY PRACTICES
Elizabeth Johnston from Efus and Daniel Cauchy from ICPC co-signed a text stating,: “In a rapidly evolving urban environment, local security stakeholders need to invest into a process of lifelong learning and capacity building. It is our wish that this report may be a tool, giving ideas and means to think out of the box, shaping policies and strategies in the years to come. These practices can help us start from the problems on the ground and to return to them by nourishing action with thought, and vice versa.”