The Safer Sweden Foundation (SSF) (Sweden) 

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The Safer Sweden Foundation (SFF) is an independent NGO and non-profit organization in Sweden whose purpose is to improve crime victim support and to promote the developments in crime prevention, including CPTED. SSF is the first ICA chapter within the European ICA Region under the ICA Umbrella Initiative. The parties signed an MOU on 8 February 2021.

SSF in brief:

✅ Founded in 2008 in Sweden, the SSF is Sweden's leading non-profit organization focusing on crime victim support and crime prevention.

✅ The work of SSF is intersectoral together with the state, municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, the civil society, and other actors. 

✅ Activities are evidence-based with a holistic perspective that integrates situational crime prevention strategies and methods with the aim of addressing crime and safety, and perception of safety issues. 

Leadership team:

  • Annette Carnhede, President
  • Magnus Lindgren, Secretary General
  • Peter Strandell, Operations Manager South
  • Marika Haug, Analyst & Criminologist
  • Cornelis Uittenbogaard, Researcher & Urban Planner

Stichting Veilig Ontwerp en Beheer (SVOB) (Netherlands) 

SVOB is an independent association from the Netherlands founded June 15, 2001. SVOB focuses on preventing crime as well as fear of crime/feelings of insecurity by explicitly taking safety and security into account in the design, planning and management of the built environment. SVOB is the administrator of the European Designing Out Crime Association (E-DOCA) and was from its earliest start affiliated with the International CPTED Association (ICA). SVOB signed an MOU with the ICA on 16 April 2021.

SVOB in brief:

✅ Focuses on the entire ‘chain’: design, layout, management and maintenance of buildings, homes, estates, neighbourhoods and public space with a bottom-up approach working in partnership with stakeholders like local governments, local businesses, residents and users on a human-centred approach.

✅ Follows and propagates a situational approach with interaction between social, physical and institutional environment (as opposed to limiting to victim-oriented or offender-oriented approach alone).

✅ Follows and propagates a sophisticated working process (including all stakeholders) of analyses, goalsetting, planning, implementation, and evaluation in compliance with international standards like CEN/TR 14392-2:2007 and ISO 22341:2021.

Leadership team:

  • Paul van Soomeren; Chair (DSP-groep)
  • Randy Bloeme; Secretary (INBO)
  • Manuel Lopez; Education, Research, International Relations (Inholland University)
  • Rob van Dijk; National Relations (Cocoon)
  • Wilbert Rodenhuis; Education, RCE Review Committee (Saxion University)  

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Biztonságos és Élhető Városokért Egyesület (BEVE) (Hungary) 

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The Biztonságos és Élhető Városokért Egyesület (BEVE) - Association for Safe and Livable Cities is an independent NGO and non-profit organization from Hungary whose purpose is to promote safety using CPTED principles. BEVE signed an MOU with the ICA on 23 July 2021.

BEVE in brief:

✅ BEVE was established in 2018 by several professionals (criminologists, police officers, engineers), as a non-governmental organization. BEVE headquarters is located in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

✅ The general objectives of BEVE are:

  • to maintain public order, public safety and secure property by using crime prevention tools,
  • to educate youth to be security conscious, and
  • to conduct surveys, measurements and studies, and to reproduce the results for creating safe and livable cities and settlements.

✅ The special objectives of BEVE are to protect the members of the society and to prevent victimization and delinquency, focus on those types of crime, which can be dealt with crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). 

Leadership team:

  • Endre DALLOS (President/Director)
  • dr. Istvan Jeno MOLNAR PhD (Vice President)
  • Jozsef PAPP (Vice President)
  • Prof. dr. Tünde BARABAS (leader of university workgroup - University of Public Service - Criminology Faculty)
  • Antonia KANTOR (leader of development workgroup - safety engineer)
  • Tünde SZUROVSZKI (leader of architecture workgroup - landscape architect)
  • Laura DALLOS (leader of marketing)

Associació Catalana per a la Prevenció de la Inseguretat a través del Disseny Ambiental (ACPIDA) (Catalonia, Spain)

The Catalan Association for the Prevention of Insecurity through Environmental Design (ACPIDA) is a private, non-profit association funded by the contributions of its partners whose aim is to promote an integral view of security and policies aimed at its prevention and maintenance, using environmental design as a key tool of these policies. ACPIDA is an ICA chapter within the European ICA Region under the ICA Umbrella Initiative. The parties signed an MOU on 18 March 2022.

ACPIDA in brief:

 Founded in 2021 in Catalonia, Spain. ACPIDA is a Spanish’s non-profit association focusing on disseminating and promoting the prevention of crime and insecurity through environmental design (physical, social elements), with a gender, diverse, inclusive, and environmental perspective, promoting the adoption of this perspective into planning and public policy as well as designing a training curriculum.

ACPIDA works in close relation with the city halls, municipalities of Catalonia and Spain as well as with non-profit organizations, the civil society, and other actors interested in this topic. 

Activities are bases on previous experience at local and regional level with a multi-vision, and multi-interdisciplinarity approaches to understand the urban space and as well as the use of new technologies to prevent and reduce crime and insecurity.

Leadership team:

  • Francesc Guillén, President
  • Ana Almécija, Vice President
  • Israel Barroso, Secretary
  • Noemi Ayguasenosa i Soro, Treasurer
  • Marc Pons, Vocal

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Safer Public Spaces Germany (Germany)

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Safer Public Spaces Germany is a joint project of the German Prevention Congress (DPT) and the German-European Forum for Urban Security (DEFUS) aiming to promote integrated, prevention-oriented, and socially just security practices in German cities. Safer Public Spaces joined the ICA as an Affiliated Chapter on July 28th, 2022.

Safer Public Spaces Germany in brief:

✅ The German Prevention Congress, founded in 1995, is a leading networking and educational platform for the prevention of violence and crime, bringing together a unique blend of practitioners, scholars, administrators, social workers and activists in a variety of physical and digital formats.

✅ DEFUS is the German national forum of Efus, the European Forum for Urban Security. Founded in 2010, DEFUS and its member cities work toward interdisciplinary approaches to inclusive and sustainable solutions for open, socially just and secure cities. The design and management of safe public spaces is one of the network's top priorities.

    ✅ Safer Public Spaces Germany wants to inform local and federal administrations, professionals dealing with all aspects of public space in their daily work, and other interested parties on the potential of CPTED for increasing the quality of life, well-being and security in their public spaces, and to provide them with materials and training for achieving this goal.

    Leadership team:

    • Dr. Claudia Heinzelmann, Senior Program Manager at DPT
    • Margo Molkenbur, Program Manager at DPT
    • Kaya-Malin Franke, Program Manager at DPT
    • Erich Marks, Director of DPT
    • Anna Rau, Director of DEFUS
    • Lawrence Schätzle, Research Associate at DEFUS

    Updated 21 August 2022

    ICA Mission Statement

    To create safer environments and improve the quality of life through the use of CPTED principles and strategies