Creating a safe environment together
The Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety (CCV) is working to maintain safety and quality of life in the Netherlands. We make safety policy effective and achievable. To this end we provide knowledge, tools, informational material and tailor-made advice to help to create a safe living environment, a safe work environment and a safe way of living. We work closely with public and private bodies.
The CCV is committed to ensuring safety and quality of life in broad terms; from raids on businesses and fraud to human trafficking and street violence. In doing so, prevention is always the primary aim. We manage a number of effective tools, including the ‘Safe Living’ police certification, the Conducting Business Safely certificate, the Going Out Safely quality indicator and neighbourhood mediation. We also offer inspection schemes and have a lot of knowledge about behavioural influence and perception of safety.
Products and services
The wishes of the client are central to all of our products and services. Depending on your specific wishes, we can advise you or support you in achieving your objectives. We work with new ideas and technology and use evidence-based methods. Here are some examples of our products and services:
- Step-by-step action plans
- Training courses
- Tailor-made advice
- Barrier models
- Schedule management
We also offer the opportunity to join together in a quest for new ideas and products which contribute in an innovative way to safety and quality of life in the community. Many of our products and services are free.
Main issues for 2016
In 2016 we are primarily focusing on:
- High impact crimes
- Healthcare and safety
- Organised crime and subversion
- Quality of life
- Crime in and against businesses
- Integral safety policy
- Fire prevention
In the centre of the community
The CCV is the obvious partner for all safety professionals in the Netherlands. Consequently, we have a wide network of experienced and committed partners. We have contacts with local authorities, police, inspection bodies, supervisory bodies, enforcement agencies, business owners, trade associations, housing corporations and other relevant community organisations. Through this network we can provide a suitable response to current developments and safety issues which occur at a local level.
A good example of this is the ‘Safe care in the community’ certificate. In this certification model, the local authority, police and a healthcare institution conclude agreements in order to strengthen their cooperation. This is now even more of a priority because dependants and vulnerable people are living at home for longer. The CCV ‘s forte is bringing organisations together and providing support through practical cooperation. We devote particular attention to public-private collaboration. We believe that cooperation is essential to achieve safety and quality of life in the Netherlands.
What are the CCV’s achievements?
We regularly monitor and evaluate our activities in order to know which initiatives are achieving the desired result. The following are a few examples of our results from 2015:
The CCV is helping the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice to achieve its goal of reducing the number of domestic burglaries to 61,000 in 2018. The CCV informs and advises local authorities, the police and housing corporations on how to address this issue. Thanks in part to the efforts of the CCV, the number of burglaries in 2015 fell to 60,000.
In order to tackle residential conflict, local authorities are increasingly choosing to employ neighbourhood mediation. The CCV is the national point of contact for neighbourhood mediation and offers organisations information and active support in implementing and enforcing it. The annual benchmark for August 2015 indicates that 277 local authorities offer neighbourhood mediation.
By now, it has been demonstrated in practice that the Conducting Business Safely (KVO) certificate is a success. Research shows that areas that work together in line with the KVO methodology are becoming safer, from both a subjective and an objective point of view. In shopping areas and on business premises with KVO, crime is falling and business owners, employees and customers feel a greater sense of security. Every year the CCV supports 50 new projects and around 75 ongoing projects. This means that we help approximately 12,500 business owners to increase the safety of their commercial premises every year.
In 2015 the CCV, together with the University of Groningen, organised a pilot on behavioural intervention to combat severe cases of conflict in rental accommodation and prevent evictions. The pilot started out with 10 housing corporations and 10 cases, which was gradually increased to 32 housing corporations and 55 cases. The pilot shows that behavioural intervention is an effective tool for addressing this sort of conflict. Now that the pilot has been completed, the CCV is working towards rolling out the interventions on a national level.
For administrative action against serious forms of organised crime, the CCV provides various so-called barrier models. A barrier model provides insight into the criminal process and the parties that play a role in it, and where it is possible to intervene. The CCV provides barrier models for tackling mobile gangs, pimps, illegitimate employment agencies, co-fermentation and cannabis production. As of October 2015, security partners can create their own barrier model using the website www.maakeenbarrieremodel.nl. A hundred users signed up in the space of just three months. About thirty of these have developed a model.
Magazines and newsletter
- Secondant: e-magazine for safety in society, with corresponding online platform
- ToeZine: independent e-magazine for supervisory bodies, enforcement agencies and inspectors
- You can also follow the CCV via its digital newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.
Get in touch with us, with no obligations. We will be happy to help you.