Objectives

The German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP) organises an annual national convention for the field of crime prevention and adjacent prevention topics. The Congress was founded in 1995, twenty congress have taken place by now (see list below).

The aim of the German Congress on Crime Prevention is to present and strengthen crime prevention within a broad societal framework. Thus it contributes to crime reduction as well as reducing both the fear of crime, and the number of victims of crime. The main objectives of the Congress are: 

  • Presenting and exchanging current and basic questions of crime prevention and its effectiveness 

  • Bringing together partners within the field of crime prevention

  • Functioning as a forum for the practice of crime prevention and for fostering the exchange of expertise

  • Helping to get into contact at the international level and to exchange information

  • Discussing implementation strategies

  • Developing and disseminating recommendations for practice, politics, administration and research in the field of crime prevention 

Since 2007 the German Congress is hosting the Annual International Forum (AIF) to address the international (non-German speaking) audience. The aim of the AIF is to add a international perspective to the German Congress and to give the opportunity to share experiences in crime prevention on an international level. While the world is growing closer research as well as experience should be disseminated within a broad professional framework. Therefore we ask international experts from all areas of crime prevention to introduce, share and discuss their ideas, goals, outcomes, projects and speeches with other experts and to experience the German modality of crime prevention. All information about the current AIF is to be found here.

So far the following congresses have taken place:

1. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 1995 in Lübeck
2. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 1996 in Münster
3. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 1997 in Bonn
4. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 1998 in Bonn
5. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 1999 in Hoyerswerda
6. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2000 in Düsseldorf
7. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2001 in Düsseldorf
8. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2003 in Hanover
9. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2004 in Stuttgart
10. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2005 in Hanover
11. German Congress on Crime Prevention, 2006 in Nuremberg
12. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 1st Annual International Forum, 2007 in Wiesbaden
13. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 2nd Annual International Forum, 2008 in Leipzig
14. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 3rd Annual International Forum, 2009 in Hanover
15. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 4th Annual International Forum, 2010 in Berlin
16. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 5th Annual International Forum, 2011 in Oldenburg
17. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 6th Annual International Forum, 2012 in Munich
18. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 7th Annual International Forum, 2013 in Bielefeld
19. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 8th Annual International Forum, 2014 in Karlsruhe
20. German Congress on Crime Prevention / 9th Annual International Forum, 2015 in Frankfurt