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3rd annual conference, Vienna Sep. 30 th Oct. 1st, 2016


The 2016 Annual Conference has taken place place in Vienna on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2016. 

The EUNWA third annual conference has covered a wide variety of subjects:

  1. asylum seekers, migration, integration, organized crime, crime prevention, and resident population,
  2. how to make our cities and neighbourhoods safer,
  3. to the new challenge for EUNWA to assist in establishing a completely new nationwide neighbourhood watch scheme in a large European country, and
  4. growing incidence of cyber crime, the “forgotten” question of nuclear safety and a reminder of the beneficial work of our member City Angels in Milan.

Ad 1: Austria being among those countries that are most affected by the recent migration movements, we chose some of the persons most deeply involved in the relating challenges. So, for the first group of topics, we were able to sign on Franz Wolf, Director of the Austrian Integration Fund, Andreas Holzer, Head of the Organized Crime Bureau of the Interior Ministry, and Walter Fuchs of the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology.

Ad 2: Tiina Ristmäe of Estonia and Martin Graham of England, will, each with their own focus, talk about different and interesting activities on the local neighbourhood watch level. We believe there is a lot to be learned from these excellent examples of local initiatives in such diverse countries as Estonia and England.

Ad 3: EUNWA considers it one of its foremost goals to assist in the establishment of neighbourhood watch schemes in countries where no such initiatives exist.We are proud to offer a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges of establishing a nationwide neighbourhood watch organization in a large country. Poland has spectacularly emerged from Soviet domination and is now occupying an important place in the European Union. The problems of growing prosperity are now catching up with Polish society. David Huse of England, with his extensive experience in business, management, and organization of charities and public events, is tackling the challenge of setting up a Polish neighbourhood watch organization starting in Warsaw now. We are looking forward to his progress report.

Ad 4: A variety of presentations on different subjects rounds off an interesting and, hopefully, stimulating conference program. Kate Algate of NHW England & Wales will talk about Cyber Crime, which is developing into a bigger and bigger problem to all parts of society. With Internet and IT, netbanking and social media occupying more and more of our daily lives, not even the humblest retiree can be sure he will not become victim to cyber crime. George Vayssier, Dutch nuclear expert, will showcase the problems of nuclear safety to residents. It is an amazing fact that, with all the new international problems occupying our minds, the old but unresolved problems of nuclear threats drift out of our mental focus, but we should keep them in mind nevertheless. Mario Furlan will remind us about the tremendously successful work he and his City Angels are doing in Italy, and Panayiotis Papanikolaou will update us on the progress of the EU sponsored “Inspec2t” project. Last but not least Clive Lloyd of Avocet, England, will show us amazing new tools for crime prevention.

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2nd conference October 22 - 24, 2015 in Italy

Successful conference in Castel Ritaldi / Umbria (PG)

2. Conference Italy

Participants from: Austria, Latvia, Italy, Denmark, England/Wales, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Greece, Cyprus, France, Belgium

On October 22 – 24, 2015 the annual Conference of EUNWA took place in Castel Ritaldi, Italy. Renowned scientists and police experts as well as neighbourhood watch practitioners have gathered and discussed methods for crime prevention and successful cooperation under the lead of Karl L. Brunnbauer, President of the EUNWA and the Austrian proNACHBAR association.

EUNWA, a major European initiative in the area of safe living and crime prevention was inaugurated last year. The EUropean Neighbourhood Watch Association was founded in Vienna in the presence of 25 European neighbourhood watch and crime prevention organizations from 19 countries uniting to coordinate their efforts to make daily life safer. EUNWA member organizations represent well over 20 million citizens.

Open borders, increasing international mobility and reduction of police forces have all had an impact on the feeling of security across Europe. This is why more and more European citizens are forming neighbourhood watch organisations with the objective to reduce property crime.

Founding Conference October 23 - 24, 2014, in Vienna


European neighbourhood watch organisations team up to reduce crime

Open borders, increasing international mobility and reduction of police forces have all had an impact on the feeling of security across Europe. This is why more and more European citizens are forming neighbourhood watch organisations with the objective to reduce property crime. Last week, representatives of these organisations met in Vienna, Austria, to sign up as members of the newly founded European Neighbourhood Watch Association (EUNWA).  

Karl Brunnbauer, founder and President of the EUNWA said:

"Citizens across Europe are increasingly worried about becoming victims of burglary and property crime. At the same time, organised crime does not respect any national borders and criminal methods are quickly transferred from one country to another."

It is necessary to react to these developments and keep people informed about new tricks and scams. As a consequence, proNACHBAR, the oldest Austrian neighbourhood watch  organisation, decided to set up a European umbrella association."

On 23 and 24 October 2014, 40 delegates representing 25 crime prevention organisations from 19 European countries, assembled to discuss national neighbourhood watch activities, approaches to crime prevention and a way forward for EUNWA.  At the end of convention, the Founding Document was signed by all participating organisations. 

"We are very impressed by the level of interest and participation from across Europe. It confirms that there is a need to cooperate internationally and that our effort has been worth it. We are already starting to think about next year’s conference”, says Brunnbauer.


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