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“To build a sound knowledge base on crime trends in Europe and to provide tools for evidence-based policy making to enhance the basic security of European citizens.”

The problem

European policy-makers require a comprehensive and harmonised knowledge base covering crime and victims on which to base policy decisions that will help to improve the safety and quality of life of EU citizens. The present International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) is the most far-reaching programme of fully standardised surveys looking at householders’ experience of crime in different countries. However, it needs to be shortened and updated to make it more effective and to provide a sound base, independent of sources within the criminal justice system, for international comparisons.

EU ICS  Towards more accurate crime statistics


EU ICS will revise and update the ICVS so that:

  • Data for all types of crime, both reported and unreported through the criminal justice systems (CJSs), as well as citizens’ opinions on the performance of the CJSs, in all EU jurisdictions is consistent and comparable at EU and international levels
  • Policy-makers will be able to identify crime trends and to compare crime levels by region and by legal regime, thus giving independent insights into the relative effectiveness of different crime prevention strategies and tactics

Contribution to policy development:

  • Policy-makers will be able to identify problem areas, as well as measure and compare policy options and crime prevention measures using consistent tools
  • The system will provide broader and deeper insights into the nature and effect of crime in EU Member States
  • The merged data from the ICS and the ICVS historical database will enable the analysis of long-term crime trends in the EU

Project deliverables

  • ICS questionnaires in 14 languages – Month 2
  • Local ICS data from 18 countries – Month 5
  • EU ICS harmonaised, cleaned, weighted dataset – Month 8
  • Final comparative report on crime levels in the EU – Month 11
  • Results dissemination workshop and press conference – Month 12


  • Final comparative report – Month 11
  • Results workshop and press conference — Month 12

Technical information

Project acronym: EU ICS
Project’s official full title: Proposal for Conducting an ICS-based European Survey of Crime and Safety in the 15 Member States of the European Union
Research priority: 2.6. Improved means to anticipate crime trends and causes, and to assess the effectiveness of crime prevention policies; assessment of new challenges related to illicit drug use
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 502560
Start date: 07/06/2004
Kick off meeting: Not available
Completion date: Not available
European Commission scientific officer: Andrea Schmoelzer (

Name: Robert Manchin
Address: The Gallup Organisation, Europe s.a, avenue Michel Ange 70, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: (32) 2 734 5418 

Name: Gergely Hideg
Address: Fo ter 1, Zichy Kastely, Budapest 1033, Hungary
Tel: (36) 1 250 0999

Name: Bob Tortora
Address: The Gallup Organisation, Europe s.a, avenue Michel Ange 70, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: (32) 2 734 5418


Name: Anna Alvazzi del Frate
Abbreviated name: AA
Country: Austria

Name: Helmut Kury
Abbreviated name: HK
Country: Germany

Name: Harald Kania
Abbreviated name: HKA
Country: Germany