Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the ICPC on the security of mobility: a review of the paths of action, innovation and prevention

From October 4 to 6, 2022, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime organized the 7th International Conference on Observation, Analysis and Prevention of Insecurity, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Transport, the International Union of Railways, the International Association of Public Transport, the Union of Public Transports,, the Institute of Higher Studies of the Ministry of the Interior, the government of Quebec and the government of Canada. The event took place at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways in Paris.

The main theme of the conference was Security in Mobility. Through a collaboration with French, Belgian, and Canadian partners, the event succeeded in presenting various approaches and raising awareness on multiple issues surrounding safety and insecurity in mobility. This conference revealed the importance of the risks and challenges faced by public transport, which is part of our daily lives.

The conference included several workshops addressing a wide range of topics related to safety and insecurity in mobility. These topics included the feeling of insecurity, public transit harassment, crisis management in the face of the terrorist threat, verbal abuse and aggression against staff, fare evasion, crisis management, and technological prevention tools, social prevention of violence and incivilities, crisis management: sharing experiences on current crisis situations, and situational prevention and the CPTED approach in mobility. 

These proceedings are a complete synthesis of all the information shared during the activities, as well as the exchanges between the different speakers and the participants. They are now available for consultation.

The main points to remember are as follows:

  1. The issue of harassment on public transport is a major problem, particularly detrimental to women.
  2. Crime does not occur randomly; it is influenced by circumstances and factors that facilitate criminal opportunities and acts of delinquency.
  3. There is a paradoxical cohabitation between individuals in great precariousness and users who pay for a service and naturally expect a certain level of quality.

You can access the proceedings by clicking on the corresponding links:

English version

French version

Spanish version

The ICPC in France for its 7th international conference

On October 5 and 6, 2022, the 7th International Conference on Observation, Analysis and Prevention of Insecurity, organized by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Transport, the International Union of Railways, the International Association of Public Transport, the Union of Public Transports,, the Institute of Higher Studies of the Ministry of the Interior, the government of Quebec and the government of Canada, took place in Paris. The conference was held at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways.  

For this 7th edition, the theme of the conference was: Security in Mobility.

To mark the beginning of this 7th edition of the international conference, an opening cocktail was held at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador in Paris. Our partner, the Canadian Embassy in France, and Amy Baker, Deputy Head of Mission, welcomed partners and speakers, for the first meeting between all the participants of this conference. 

The event included plenary sessions, workshops, and field visits. The conference gathered many participants from all over the world (nearly ten nationalities were represented among more than fifty speakers) concerned by the observation, the analysis, and the good practices related to the improvement of security in mobility, such as political agents, researchers, representatives of transport operators, NGOs, and institutional representatives.

Nearly 180 participants attended the conference, coming from 138 different companies and representing more than 20 countries from 4 continents.  

The ICPC would like to thank the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada for their financial support in the development of this conference. We were pleased to have Omar Alghabra’ support, Minister of Transport of Canada, via a video contribution and to host Michelle Boisvert, Delegate General of Quebec in Paris, in person, taking part in the opening remarks.

The opening plenary of the conference was introduced by the ICPC. Michelle Côté, Director of Research, and Florilène Cornier, Analyst and Project Officer, presented the conceptual framework of the conference around the current issues of safety in mobilities that are spread across the world. It was the opportunity to share the organization’s different expertise on the topic as well as the importance of a differential analysis of these safety issues from one country to another.  

During these two days of conferences, workshops were dedicated to specific phenomena, such as the fight against fraud, harassment in transport, prevention against the terrorist threat and crisis management, analysis of crime in transport and aggression to staff. These topics, among many others, were addressed by various representatives of transport operators discussing key security issues and how to prevent them.   

Discussions about effective tools to measure, analyze and study the phenomenon, examples of strong pathways and platforms for knowledge transfer, presentations of crime and safety approaches specific to mobility, effective evaluation as well as dissemination of best practices, were also part of these exchanges. 

Participants were also able to select and participate in one of the five different visits and demonstrations to further their practical knowledge:  

  • Two dog team demonstrations, cyno-detection, and cyno-attack by the Société nationale des chemins de fer français est l’entreprise ferroviaire publique française (SNCF).  
  • A demonstration of intervention techniques by the SNCF.  
  • A training offered by the Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP) on awareness for victims of harassment. Presentation of the Stand UP project and the 5D method in order to learn how to react safely in a harassment situation in a public place, as a victim or a witness.   
  • A visit organized by the RATP of the security devices and the security headquarters at the Gare de Lyon metro station. This visit allowed experts to discover the operating methods of security interventions.   
  • Presentation of a social collection bus by the RATP. This presentation was an opportunity to discover an original prevention system for reaching out to homeless people and fighting social exclusion and ensuring the safety of its transport systems.    

Being at its seventh event, this international conference has truly become a meeting point for crime observation and crime analysis. 

It should be noted that the proceedings of the conference will soon be available online.  

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Launch of the 7th International Conference of the ICPC


Paris, October 4, 2022 – The ICPC, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Transport, the International union of railways, the International Association of Public Transport, the Union of Public Transports,, the Institute of Higher Studies of the Ministry of the Interior, the government of Quebec and the government of Canada, announces the opening of its 7th International Conference on the Observation, Analysis and Prevention of Insecurity, on October 5 and 6, 2022, at the premises of the International Union of Railways (16, rue Jean-Rey, Paris).

As part of the series of international conferences on crime observation and analysis organized by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime since 2007, the 7th edition will focus on the theme of security in mobility.

The event is expected to welcome 200 participants including nearly 50 international speakers. These experts and practitioners will share their knowledge as well as their initiatives and best practices in the prevention of insecurity in mobility.

The conference will address various levels of analysis: global trends in mobility security, national and local government strategies in prevention, working experiences of community institutions and associations, new research approaches, as well as workshops on specific and practical aspects in this field.

It will aim to provide a space for exchange between experts in mobility security in order to identify avenues for innovation, action, knowledge transfer and applied research as well as partnership opportunities between key actors in these fields.

Date and place of the conference: 5 and 6 October 2022, International Union of Railways, 16, rue Jean-Rey, Paris.

The conference program is available at:


Vanessa Reggio
Director of Communications and Public Relations

The ICPC invited to a PNI meeting

As a member of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) and as part of its role on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the ICPC was invited to attend the reconvened 30th session of the CCPCJ. The meeting, held online on December 8th, included a thematic discussion on effective measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants, particularly women and children, and those of unaccompanied migrant children, a discussion continued from the Commission’s previous session.

The ICPC thanks the CCPCJ for the invitation.

The ICPC’s 12th Colloquium: Crime Prevention Strategies in the 21st Century: Evolving Practices and Policies, Montreal, Canada

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) held its 12th International Colloquium in Montreal, Canada, from November 6 to 8, 2017. The event was funded by Public Safety Canada and the Government of Quebec. Consequent to its mission to promote crime prevention as a way to ensure community safety and increased quality of life for all, the ICPC has hosted colloquiums of this sort every two years in several countries such as Australia, Norway, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, and Italy. The ICPC’s colloquiums offer a space for debate and dialogue between international experts, fostering innovative ideas and the formation of partnerships that will increase the scope of crime prevention as a tool for social improvement.

This year’s Colloquium was titled “Crime Prevention Strategies in the 21st Century: Evolving Practices and Policies”. As such, it focused on the evolution of the role of crime prevention actors as well as the challenges related to coordination and collaboration between governments. This theme allowed the Colloquium’s participants to share their perspectives on important subjects such as the different issues that affect crime prevention in different global regions, financial challenges in the field, or the need for strategies that are adapted to local urban settings.

This Colloquium was very successful in terms of organization, programme quality, and diversity of participants, with rich presentations and discussions. Here is the Colloquium in numbers: 144 participants, 55 speakers, 4 plenary sessions, 12 workshops, 3 site visits, 3 languages (English, French, and Spanish), 4 continents, and 16 countries.


1. Programme

2. Press release

3. Photos

The ICPC’s 11th Colloquium: Crime Prevention in a Mobile World, Palermo, Italy

The ICPC, in association with the city of Palermo and Consorzio Nova Onlus, organized its 11th Colloquium on “Crime Prevention in a Mobile World’’ from November 17 to 19, 2014, at Castello Utveggio in Palermo, Italy. The proposed theme for the 2014 Colloquium provided a valuable opportunity to focus on a growing phenomenon – the increasing mobility of society and the development of technologies we use. The Colloquium explored the outcomes of this phenomenon, namely the emergence of new types of and trends in crime, as well as changes in ongoing issues such as domestic violence.

The Colloquium looked at the following themes:

- Mobility and community safety
- Moving people: safety in public transport
- Violence against women and the gendered dimension of migration
- Borderless crimes: Trends and developments in human trafficking
- Drug-related crimes: Causes and consequences of an increasingly mobile world
- Urban migration and the role of cities
- Preventing radicalization and exploring its link with globalization
- Security sector reforms
- Current international debates and perspectives for evidence-based prevention strategie

The Colloquium was deemed very successful in terms of organization, programme, diversity of participants, quality of the presentations, and discussions.  It was attended by 200 participants from 21 countries across 4 continents.

- 54 speakers, 11 workshops, 1 plenary session.


Press Coverage

Interview, Ms. Chantal Bernier, President, ICP


The ICPC’s 15th Anniversary, Montreal, Canada

Crime prevention across the world: Taking stock, Evaluation, and future perspectives
Montreal, Canada

The ICPC's 15th Anniversary Colloquium gathered 332 participants from 48 different countries.

The theme of the evolution in crime prevention policies and practices over the past 15 years was at the heart of the debates. The new trends in prevention, action on a local level, mediation, mobilization of local players, evaluation, public/private partnership, human rights, urbanization, and peacekeeping missions were among the main topics tackled during this 15th anniversary.

The 2009 ICPC annual event marked the ICPC's 15th anniversary and a restrospective of the ICPC's 15 years of activities was published.

In response to the evaluation questionnaire, 92% of the respondents said they had increased their knowledge of challenges and problems linked to crime prevention and security. Furthermore, 90% surveyed affirmed that the information delivered would be useful in their work environment.

The event allowed the ICPC to formulate precise recommendations in keeping with the topics brought up in the different sessions and workshops.

Please find below:

The retrospective of 15 years of activities

- The programme

- Recommandations and conclusions

- The press coverage

- Pictures of the 15th anniversary

- The biographies and the speakers' presentations are available below

Please note that the presentations are in their original language and not all are available online. 

Opening Speeches

Claude Dauphin, President of the City Council, City of Montreal

Fadela Amara, Secretary of State for Urban Policies, Ministère du Travail, des Relations sociales, de la Famille, de la Solidarité et de la Ville, France

Robert Lafrenière, Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Quebec

Valérie Sagant,  ICPC’s Director General


Plenary Session: The Evolution of Crime Prevention Practices and Strategies from across the World

Michel Marcus, Executive Director, European Forum on Urban Safety (EFUS) and Vice-President, ICPC


Workshop 1: Local Action and Community Mobilization

Peter Dinsdale, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres, Canada

Kelli Coombs, Citizen Security Programme, Trinidad et Tobago

Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General, Dhaka Range, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh

Julie Anne Boudreau, Professor and Research Chair on Cities and Political Challenges related to Insecurity, National Institute of Scientific Research, Canada & Amadou-Lamine Cissé, Advisor on Partnerships, Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities of Quebec, Canada

Workshop 2: Development of Social Mediation and Innovative Action in Conflict Resolution

Suzanne Djombi, Suzanne Djombi, Communication Officer, CANADEL, Yaoudé, Cameroun

Workshop 3: Prevention Tools: A 15 Year Assessment on Building Capacity of Diverse Actors

Karine Chayer, Université de Montréal, Canada, Representative, Action des femmes handicapées Montreal, Canada

Garner Clancey, Director, CHD Partners, Australia

Hasan Alshehr, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Arabie Saoudite

Jorge Araya, Director of Public Safety Division, Ministry of Interior, Chile

Workshop 4: Evaluation Methods for Prevention: Issues and Limits

Maria Jose Alcala, Adviser, Ending Violence against Women, United Nations Development Fund for Women

Daniel Sansfaçon, Director of Policy, Research and Evaluation, National Crime Prevention Centre, Canada

Peter Homel, Senior Research Analyst; Research Manager, Australian Institute of Criminology, Australia

Workshop 5: Partnerships with Public and Private Partners in Crime Prevention: Successes and Pitfalls

Elizabeth Ward, Chairman of the Board, the Violence Prevention Alliance et consultante à  l’Institute for Criminal Justice and Security, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica

Juan Ernesto Galdamez, (CECI) - Community-Based Crime and Violence Prevention Project, El Salvador(USAID-RT-CECI)

Jacques Colliard, Security Centre Manager, International Union of Railways, Paris, France

Plenary Session: Crime Prevention: Future Challenges and New Actors in Crime Prevention

Barbara Holtmann, leader of the Crime Prevention Research Group, Council for Scientific and Industrial

Research (CSIR) and Vice-President, ICPC

Dr. Alexander Butchart, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, World Health Organization (WHO)

Workshop 6: New Environments

Paula Miraglia, Executive Director, ILANUD, Brazil
John Domm, Chief of Police, Rama Police Services, Canada
Manjula Gumala, South Africa Police Service (SAPS), South Africa
Ajay Mehra, Director (Honorary), Centre for Public Affairs, India

Workshop 7: New Challenges (no presentation available)

Workshop 8: New Actors

Winifred D. Reed, Chief, Crime Control and Prevention Research Division, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, United States

Nadine Jubb, Regional Coordinator of Study on Women Police Stations, Nicaragua

Adrianus Meliala, Professor in Criminology at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, University of Indonesia, Jakarta

Workshop 9: New Practices

Chantal Bernier, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Board of Directors Member, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Canada

Fernando Carrion,  Professor, FLACSO, Ecuador

Sonja Stojanovic, Director of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Belgrade, Serbia

Nelson Pellegrino, Chief of Cabinet, Secretary Justice and Human Rights State of Bahia, Brazil

Workshop 10: New Commitments and Challenges for International Frameworks: A Focus on Human Rights

Glenda Cooney, Partner, Pearcey Cooney Consulting and Training, former Deputy Ombudsman and Deputy Children’s Advocate, Saskatchewan, Canada

Juan Salgado, Professor, Legal Studies Department, CIDE, Mexico

Kristina Holgersson, Superintendent, Stockholm County Police, Suède

Katy Rondan, Sociologist, Study on Trafficking of Children and Sexual Exploitation in Cusco and Lima, Peru

Forum: Impact of local leadership on prevention and safety policies

Maria Isabel Gutiérrez, Director, CISALVA Institute, Colombia

Country Sessions: Presentation of Innovative Crime Prevention Experiences

Session: CANADA

Mary Ann Kirvan, Senior Counsel, National Crime Prevention Centre, Department of Public Safety, Canada

Session: BRÉSIL

Sr. Romeu Tuma Junior, Secretario Nacional de Justicia, Gobierno Federal de Brasil

Session : NORVÈGE

Erling Borstad, National Police Directorate, Norway

Erik Nadheim, Executive Director, National Crime Prevention Council (KRAD), Norway

Session International Cooperation

Claudia Laub, President, El Agora, Argentina

McClellan Hall, Project Venture, National Indian Youth Leadership Project, New Mexico

Marlyn J. Jones, Associate Professor, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, United States

Session : Tools for the Police
Abraham Abugattas, Chief of Cabinet, Sub Secretariat of Carabineros, Ministry of Defence, Chile
Bjorn Barland, Professor, Norwegian Police University College, Norway

Dawei Wang, Director Professor of Criminology and Director of the Division of Postgraduate in Chinese People's Public Security University, China

Session: Tools for Cities in Latin America

Veronica Martinez Solares, Association internationale de l’aide aux victimes, consultant World Bank, Mexico
Elkin Velasquez, Coordinator, Safer Cities, UN HABITAT

Session: Safety Observatories

Christophe Soullez, Head of the Department, National Observatory on Crime, France

Filling the gaps: integrated approaches to crime prevention and safety, Cape Town, South Africa

The ICPC, in association with the South African government and South African Police Service (SAPS), organized its 10th Bi-annual Colloquium called “Filling the gaps: integrated approaches to crime prevention and safety’’ from February 20 to 22, 2012, at Upper Eastside Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The proposed theme for the 2012 Colloquium provided a valuable opportunity to focus on traditional and new sectors working on crime prevention, with debate and dialogue informed by international experts. This event aimed to promote innovative partnerships to respond to community safety challenges.

The Colloquium explored the following themes:

  • National crime prevention policies
  • Criminal justice and crime prevention
  • The role of policing in crime prevention
  • Local governance and safety
  • Evidence and policy making
  • Public-private partnerships and crime prevention
  • Cities, development and armed violence

The Colloquium was deemed very successful in terms of organization, program, diversity of participants, quality of the presentations and discussions. It was attended by 220 participants from 20 countries.


The Programme (Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Presentation description...)
The Information Note for Participants
Press Coverage