Conference on “Tools for a strategic approach to urban security” in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands, December 2015 – Organised by Efus and the city of Rotterdam in cooperation with the partners of the AUDITS project, the conference “Tools for a strategic approach to urban security” gathered 110 participants from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, on 3 and 4 December 2015, in Rotterdam.


The conference was devoted to exchange and debate, the presentation of the Rotterdam practices, and the main outcomes of the European AUDITS project (Methodological tools for the drafting of local security policies in Europe), which will be available shortly in the guidebook Tools for a strategic approach to urban security.

Available in the spring, this guidebook will include a description of the current methodologies and tools available for drafting and implementing strategies and actions for crime prevention and urban security, as well as guidelines on how to use them, and recommendations for local elected officials, all of which are aimed at enabling such a process.

During the conference, the municipality of Rotterdam organised several field visits to show participants how it implements its strategy for reducing the feeling of insecurity. More information on these visits is available here.

Efus and its partners had invited the representatives of other projects and networks to exchange on their methodologies and projects. Among the speakers were Gilda Farrell, formerly Head of Social Cohesion, Research and Development at the Council of Europe and now General Secretary of the Portuguese association Carmen; Gregor Burkhart, of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA); Burkhard Hasenpusch, of the European Communities that Care (CTC) network; Samuel Thirion, of the SPIRAL project, and Patrick Wincke, of the French National Observatory of Violence in Sport.