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Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis

Izaskun Orbegozo, from the Basque Institute of Criminology, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis”. Here is the abstract: Local Safey Audits (LSA) tend to forget abuses of power and white-collar crimes such as trafficking in human beings. We will try to analyse the possibilities and limits of audits in relation to these crimes and how they could operate at a regional –even rural-, transnational and global scale. We will try to generate ideas and proposals for discussion around the concepts of rural and urban spaces, national and transnational crime and how connections can be traced regarding the complex reality of trafficking in human beings as a case example.

Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis

Gema Varona, from the Basque Institute of Criminology, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis”. Here is the abstract: Local safety audits (LSA) are very attractive for criminological debate. They pose a methodological challenge of combining local scale and triangulation of techniques coming from quantitative and qualitative participatory approaches. However, they are an instrument entailing some questionable assumptions to be analysed within the current context of passive social unrest and punitive security policies in Europe and worldwide. We will underline where the LSA come from (their theoretical and activist origin) and their public and social impact within current crime control policies at different scales in a globalised world. Some Basque experiences will help us to foster debate on the matter in a context of crisis with increasing social inequalities.

A Pilot Project for the Implementation of Local Safety Audits by Criminology Students in the Context of Practical Training

María Contreras Román, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “A Pilot Project for the Implementation of Local Safety Audits by Criminology Students in the Context of Practical Training”. Here is the abstract: Since 2003, Catalan Public Safety System establishes the obligation to prepare Local Safety Plans for all local municipalities over 10,000 inhabitants, to analyze the safety situation in the municipality. However, only 6 of the totally Catalan municipalities have developed such sort of plans. As result of a working group coordinated by the Catalan Department of the Interior and integrated by professionals from local governments and universities, it seems to be consensus about the causes of why this practice is not more widespread: the absence of a technical team trained in methodological skills to analyze the problems of crime and their causes and the difficulties in coordinating all actors involved in security. Knowledge include at teaching plans of Criminology Degrees can be useful to facilitate the development of this local plans. Because of this, at the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” we are preparing a pilot project that enables the collaboration between Criminology students and the city councils to elaborate local safety audits as part of student's practice training. My intervention aims to expose the conclusions of the working group and the main elements of the pilot project.

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  • “A Pilot Project for the Implementation of Local Safety Audits by Criminology Students in the Context of Practical Training”, by María Contreras Román (Proceedings)

Resources

See Also

Further Reading

  • “Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis”, by Gema Varona (Proceedings)

Resources

See Also

Further Reading

  • “Local Safety Audits as Tool for Criminological Analysis”, by Izaskun Orbegozo (Proceedings)

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