Despite the demand for legislative and product crime proofing, there has been little research and implementation. Project MARC wants to satisfy this demand, which comes from EU institutions, national governments and the market (consumers and producers). Its aim is to produce knowledge of the problem and mechanisms to help policymakers and businesspeople, at national and EU levels, to assess and reduce the risks of (organised) crime. Its objectives are:
1 ) to create a crime risk assessment mechanism (cram) to proof EU legislation against economic and organised crimes, thereby reducing the probability that such crimes occur due to opportunities arising from legislation;
2) to create a cram to proof electronic products against theft, thereby reducing the probability that a theft occurs due to the attractiveness of products. For both objectives a detailedplan of action will be put in place.
To achieve obj. 1, the project will review extant literature on legislative opportunities for crime; analyse EU economic and organised crime case studies (vulnerabilities studies); and carry out a pilot study on EU public procurement legislation (with detection of loopholes and proposals for remedial action). To achieve obj. 2, the cram will be tested on a sample of electronic products and a final mechanism will be drafted together with possible steps to make it operational in the electronics industry. A workshop with EU legislators and a conference on product crime proofing will be among the dissemination strategies.
Establishing crime proofing mechanisms would mean providing instruments to anticipate and prevent crime, reducing its total amount and achieving more security and opportunities for EU citizens, as required by the objectives of the 6FP (Area 8.1.B.2.6). The partners and the researchers involved are well known European crime scientists. They represent the majority of the small number of people working on crime proofing within the EU.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project