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09 June 2021
Security in Public Spaces

Action 5 - Manual Prevention Pyramid

About the manual

In the framework of its Action 5, the Security in Public Spaces Partnership is supporting the idea that social cohesion measures should be part of an integrated urban security policy.

Aspects of inclusion, social capital, social mobility, citizen participation, and empowerment can help create safer environments.

However, what does it mean for policymakers and local security managers?

How can they create more social cohesion, and how can they, by doing so, have an impact on urban security?

The below manual is the first outcome of Action 5. It aims at mapping the existing local policy regarding the reduction of feelings of insecurity. To do so, the local situation has to be mapped and structured using the prevention pyramid. After mapping, concrete measures for impact evaluation can be selected.

A prevention pyramid is a tool that cities/regions can use to make a snapshot of their local safety policy; all different measures are mapped according to 4 levels (quality of life, general prevention, specific prevention and reaction). This enables local and regional authorities to balance their urban security approach and detect gaps in the policies.

Five cities have already tested the manual to evaluate its helpfulness.

For more information

Download the manual below for more details and take a look at the final Action Plan for an overview of the Partnership's work.

Action 5 - Manual Prevention Pyramid
(2.15 MB - PDF)
Figure 1: Prevention Pyramid by Johan Deklerck