Countering conventional crime through monitoring and raising civil awareness

Project facts

Project promoter:
Center for the Study of Democracy(BG)
Project Number:
In implementation
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The main focus of the project is to help citizens be more active in reporting conventional crime to the responsible bodies of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) by initiating a change of the relevant policies and practices. The planned change will result from raising the awareness of the general public and public institutions at national and local level about the scale of the problem, the factors for its manifestation and recommendations for its solution. Surveys of victims over the last 10 years show that latency in Bulgaria is much higher than the average in the European Union ranging between 45% and 47%. High latency also stems from the common opinion that the MoI employees do not register all crimes but use the so-called “police filters”. Greater citizen involvement and higher rate of reporting crime and cooperation with the police will be sought after by means of monitoring registration of criminal incidents and discussion of the results on site. The project will result in the following outcomes and outputs: analyzed data from the 112 emergency number system that is matched against the police statistical data of the regional police departments of the MoI; a national survey of crime victims and in-depth interviews on site carried out; identified risk settlements and municipalities due to high crime rate and latency; a tool for interactive visual presentation of the project results; an analysis of the relevant national legislation and its implementation in practice; a report with recommendations for a change of the existing public policies. Expert discussions will be held in some cities attended by local police authorities, municipal committees for public order and security, the media and civil society organizations. All project publications and events will aim at influencing the relevant public policies.

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