30 November 2012
Taking knives off our streets, addressing cyber-bullying or fostering early detection of addictions – these are among the innovative crime prevention initiatives taking place across the EU as part of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). In a report, the European Commission evaluates the efforts of the network to enhance safety and security for European citizens.
The report concludes that many projects are taking place to inspire actors at local level, but that the network can improve its impact by focusing its initiatives more and working closer with key actors in the crime prevention field.
"Backed by EU funding, the EU Crime Prevention Network helps Member States make our societies more secure by their work to prevent crime. Today's report shows that the Network works well, and suggests how it can make even more of a difference on the ground in the future”, said Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.
The EUCPN is an EU-wide platform for exchanging best practices, research and information on how to prevent crime. Since 2001, the EUCPN has supported such activities, helping law enforcement officials, social and youth workers, healthcare professionals, teachers and academics, as well as policy makers at EU and national levels.
Among other areas, the EUCPN pays particular attention to juvenile, urban and drug-related crimes. It focuses, for example, on awareness raising via the European Crime Prevent Award (ECPA), an annual contest aiming to reward the best European crime prevention project; on drugs, for example via a preventative project for primary and secondary school children in The Netherlands; and on domestic violence through a large-scale collaborative project run by local authorities, the police and the healthcare sector in Malmö, Sweden.