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The Contribution of Citizen Watches to Public Safety

Marco van der Land, from the VU University Amsterdam, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “The Contribution of Citizen Watches to Public Safety”. Here is the abstract: During the last ten years many urban as well as rural areas have witnessed the increased prevalence of teams of citizens surveilling public space in order to increase public safety. This paper interprets these Citizen Watches (CW's) as particular manifestations of social control among citizens. It relates their regulation of local public safety to the other ways in which the police and the local government, often in cooperation with citizens, contribute to the governance of safety. It evaluates the relevance and meaning of CW's for neighbourhoods in general and more particular for neighbourhood safety. The paper analyses data from semi-structured interviews held with those related to CW's (citizens, police, local government, social professionals) as well as information from the internet and other media (tbp in Police Practice and Research).


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Further Reading

  • “The Contribution of Citizen Watches to Public Safety”, by Marco van der Land (Proceedings)

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