Welcome to the website of the project
"Space, Urban development/expansion and crime"!
The project titled "Space, Urban development/expansion and crime" is an initiative of the Centre for European Constitutional Law aiming at the elaboration of a comparative study in four European countries (Belgium, Greece, Italy and Spain) focusing on four major cities, which present alarming figures of urban expansion and criminality during the last twenty years. The project aimed at the evaluation of the interrelation between urban development and crime rates, with the objective to contribute to a significant (but often underestimated) aspect of crime policy, which is related to urban crime rates, prevention models, urban planning and expansion.
The main objectives of the project were:
a) to study different conditions of urban expansion and their consequences, perception, aspects and control of urban criminality with particular reference to street and violent criminality,
b) to study the stratification of residential zones and the "construction" of places of crime or urban ghettos for criminals, which are inaccessible to police or control (no-go places),
c) to compare conditions of urban development control and crime expansion among the participant countries and identify concrete variables connecting urban crime policies (especially concerning street and violent criminality)
d) to identify common variables which will take the form of guidelines for urban crime prevention policies.
The specific results produced in the framework of the project were:
a) Four national reports presenting the situation in the European cities on which research has focused. Existing data, as well as the outcomes of studies and researches, were analysed and evaluated.
b) A comparative report, based on the national reports, focusing on the similarities and differences among cities in Southern and Central Europe.
c) Policy recommendations based on concrete variables (after taking into account expansion trends, social stratification and crime rates in the cities in question), which should be taken into consideration by policy makers when designing and implementing urban planning, prevention policies and crime control measures.
d) A website, which contains the national reports, the comparative report, the policy recommendations and useful material in the fields of the research.
e) A volume presenting the project results (to be published).
The project outputs referred to above will constitute a complementary instrument-model for crime prevention policies with particular reference to local peculiarities of urban criminality, the long-term objective being the reinforcement of the citizens' feelings of safety and security, and of their quality of life.