The project – Methodological Tools for the Definition of Local Security Policies in Europe

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Having a clear and precise view of the crime situation in a specific territory is a necessary prerequisite prior to implementing local actions aimed at improving individual and collective security. Given the overall context of budgetary restrictions, local and regional authorities need more than ever to rationalise their investments by backing them on evidence. Local security audits and other methodological tools provide them with the knowledge they need to design and implement their crime prevention strategies.

The first step in the work led by Efus on this theme was the 2008 publication Guidance on Local Safety Audits – A Compendium of International Practice, which became a reference tool and was key in disseminating internationally the local security audits approach. The new project “Methodological Tools for the Definition of Local Security Policies in Europe” follows up on this work.


The main objective of the project was to disseminate the local safety audits approach among European local and regional authorities and to make it mainstream. To this end, and based on their own experience as well as on the existing international guide, the project partners have developed a new guide that presents methodological tools that can be used to conduct an audit.


Couv_Audits_ENguidebook to encourage and help European local policy-makers and practitioners to build and review their security policies using reliable information and data collected on the ground.

collection of methods and tools, as well as case studies in European countries.



Through this project, which includes methodological aspects and fieldwork, partners were able to exchange their experiences and to reflect collectively on the methods and tools that can be used to conduct a security audit. They have benefited from the pooling of their knowledge and expertise as well as from the contribution of the governments and experts associated with the project.

The project included the following activities:

  • Inventory of the existing methodological tools
  • Five work visits in cities of each partner country (BE, DE, FR, IT, NL) during which the experts, the project partners and local stakeholders were able to analyse on the ground the local actions undertaken, comparing them with their own experience.
  • A final conference in Rotterdam

The project partners

German Forum for Urban Security – DEFUS
French Forum for Urban Security – FFSU
Italian Forum for Urban Security – FISU
City of Rotterdam
City of Stuttgart

Associate partners

Ministry of the Interior of Belgium
Ministry of the Interior of Portugal
Belgian Forum for Prevention and Urban Security – FBPSU
City of Brussels


Francesc Guillen Lasierra and Sohail Husain


3 years
6 January 2013 – 6 January 2016


Carla Napolano
Sebastian Sperber

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