Web conference10 March 2022, 14:00-15:30 (CET)
To improve individual and collective security, one needs an in-depth understanding of a given community. While quantitative crime statistics matter, understanding how different groups of population perceive the security situation is just as significant. Only by exploring subjective experiences of security, as well as socio-economic reality and levels of social cohesion, can security actors reconstruct a nuanced local security landscape.
With this in mind, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) has consistently advocated for carrying out security audits that take into dimension the subjective aspect of security, as a basis for further security interventions. Such an approach is also illustrated by the BeSecure-FeelSecure (BSFS) project (2019-2023), co-financed under the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) and implemented in the City of Piraeus (Greece).
This session, followed by a Q&A, will explore how the project’s baseline assessment carried out in Piraeus, which is an integral part of the strategic approach to urban security and evidence-based policy making, can be replicated elsewhere. It will also inaugurate a series of web conferences that will present the BSFS experience with regards to social interventions, security governance, victim support, and innovative use of technology to improve social cohesion and reduce the sense of insecurity of the citizens.
In this session, we will discuss the following questions:
- How to conduct a baseline assessment to better understand the local security situation?
- What resources does one need to undertake it?
- What has the pandemic taught us when adapting the baseline assessment to the changed circumstances?
- How and why should one take into account citizens and different social groups’ subjective experiences of insecurity to create evidence-based urban security policies?
- What recommendations can we give to other local authorities seeking to conduct such an assessment, and what would be the main attention points?
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The web conference will be simultaneously translated into English and French.
This web conference will be the first of a series of four online meetings. See other dates and topics here