Contact person:
Karl Kronkvist
  • The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ)
Responsible at MaU:
Anna-Karin Ivert
Project members at MaU:
Collaborators :
  • Fastighetsägare Sofielund
  • The City of Malmö
  • Malmö Police Department
Time frame:
01 January 2015 - 31 December 2025
Research subject:

About the project

The current project aims to generate knowledge regarding crime preventive strategies in urban residential neighborhoods. The project aims to investigate whether the implementation of a property owner collaboration has had a preventive effect on local crime rates. Property owners Sofielund is a non-profit organization formed during the fall of 2014 on the initiative of local property owners in collaboration with the city of Malmö. Property owners Sofielund consists of private as well as municipal property owners, tenant-owner associations, local city councils as well as companies and businesses, and aims to increase the well-being, security and cohesion among residents and other actors in the Sofielund neighborhoods. 

The efforts to prevent crime within the framework of the property owner collaboration are multifaceted. In this project, the impact of the overall efforts will be evaluated through a holistic approach to prevention.

Within the project information regarding police reported crime and incident reports will be analyzed. This include violence in public environment, vandalism, burglary (incl. attempt), crimes against cars, drug offences, and possession of lethal weapons. The data will include incidents ranging from 2012 to 2017 and contains information regarding type of incident, date of incident and geographic coordinates. The data cover incidents in all of Malmö in part as a way to identify matching control neighborhoods but also to be able to study the development of crime rates in the intervention neighborhoods with the development in the control neighborhoods. The data will be anonymized which prevents separate cases to be identified and in turn separate individuals. The data will against this background not contain any direct personal information.

The project is expected to generate knowledge about how property owners, in collaboration with residents, municipalities, associations and businesses, can contribute to crime and fear of crime preventive strategies in urban neighborhoods.