European Crime and Safety Survey
Summary: The European Crime and Safety Survey (EU ICS) is the most comprehensive analysis of crime, security and safety ever conducted in the European Union.
Main Points: The Survey, focused on the European Union inhabitants experience with crime and law enforcement, was conducted by an European consortium comprising Gallup, UNICRI, the Max Planck Institute, CEPS/INSTEAD, and GeoX Ltd.
The survey compares levels of victimisation across the EU and measures how citizens feel about their security and safety. It analyses the relationships between the EU citizens' views on their quality of life and the levels of neighbourhood crime across the EU (the EU-15, Estonia, Poland and Hungary) - all independent of actual police records.
The survey was carried out in the 15 old member states of the Union plus Poland, Hungary and Estonia. The study was co-funded by the European Commission, DG.
The data presents key statistics from the industrialized countries, urban Europe and developing countries. The surveys in the industrialized countries have been national and therefore apply to countries. Since urbanisation is an important factor in crime, comparison with results from 'city surveys' should be done very carefully.
The data from 'urban Europe' are from the capital cities in Eastern Central Europe plus the cities larger than 100.000 inhabitants from the Western European surveys. The data from developing countries are all from capital cities.
Access to database: http://www.unicri.it/services/library_documentation/publications/icvs/
Source: International Crime Victims Survey, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, 2013
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