Not-so-petty crime - What impact on citizens and feelings of insecurity?

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Over the past five to ten years, terrorism and cybersecurity have repeatedly been identified as Europe’s main security challenges. Yet, petty crime commonly makes the list as well, largely due to its impact on perceptions of security and quality of life of residentents. The EU funded CCI project focuses on high impact petty crimes that impact negatively on citizens and their communities — including violent assault, robbery, burglary and anti-social behaviour — and the feelings of insecurity that such problems can create. The partners developed support tools, resources and guidance material to enable police forces and policy makers in the partner countries to implement effective changes in tackling such high impact petty crime.
Reduced feelings of insecurity are only one potential consequence of high-impact petty crime. The phenomenon of pickpocketing, for example, can have an impact on citizens' perception of insecurity and  tourism; it can be linked to what Europol designates as mobile organized crime groups (MOCG). Petty crime can further take on an international dimension through the transborder movement of perpetrators and stolen goods. Petty crime can both happen in private spaces - through burglaries and property crime - and the public space - through assault, theft or intimidation.
On September 30th, from 2pm to 3pm CET, Efus invites to a webconference to discuss the impact of petty crime on citizens and their perceptions of insecurity. Which local stakeholders should be involved in the development of strategies against petty crime? What is the link between petty crime and organized crime? How to tackle petty crime without risking over-policing? How to involve citizens without risking vigilantism?


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