The European Crime and Safety Survey (EU ICS) is a tool for measuring
the volume and nature of crime in Europe. In order to achieve an
accurate picture of crime in the EU, survey-based comparative measurement
of a large sample of the European public is required, in order to:
a) build a sound knowledge base of European crime trends, and
b) provide tools for evidence-based policy research related to the
basic security of European citizens
The EU ICS consortium combines leading European research centres
with a proven track record of data collection and analysis. Each
consortium member has been working on previous projects collecting,
analysing and evaluating policy options based on comparative surveys
The project follows on from the International Crime Victims Surveys
(ICVSs) which all members of the consortium have previously participated
in, and developed a new instrument, the European Crime and Safety
Survey. The latter addresses new needs for European comparative
data for policy-makers.
The EU ICS provides a platform for a global standardised instrument.
The combined forces of the consortium members allow the project
to go beyond the initial phase of looking at the 18 member states
(EU-15 plus Estonia, Poland and Hungary) by exploring additional
resources that allow for the inclusion of further Member States
and additional countries in the future. New countries with comparative
measurements include the United States, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Turkey.
The EU ICS supports an enrichment of the policy analysis by allowing
for global comparisons.
Finally, in addition to solving basic measurement issues and providing
stakeholders with up-to-date information, the EU ICS provides current
data on the changing concerns about safety and security of the European
public. To enhance the dissemination efforts, the data and analyses
are available to the press, the general public in form of reports
and press materials as well as analytical datasets for the wider
research community through various web-based tools.
The EUICS has been co-financed by the European Commission, DG RTD.