From 2019 until 2022 Botkyrka will implement the programme “Creative city of Fittaj”, aiming to improve security and safety in vulnerable areas of the city by opening up public spaces and making them more attractive through using their vivid culture and intercultural interaction to improve the image of those area.
The programme has just started to be implemented in one of the areas that the police has put on a prioritised list. The areas prioritised by police are those with a low socioeconomic status, a rather high criminal impact on the local community, including public acts of violence and open drug markets, low collective social control, lack of trust in the society, low crime reporting rates, and low willingness to contribute to legality.
The area targeted by the programme is nevertheless full of potential. City policies have to focus on those residents that want to contribute to giving the area a new and better image and encourage them to take action in this sense.
Based on that, Botkyrka has started working on placemaking so push out criminality by making public places more attractive to a diverse public. The city has been working with the civil society, private and public housing companies, small and large traders of the area.
The action is based on tested methodologies related to violence prevention in school that however have a whole-community-approach. A fundamental step is the identification of the areas of intervention and partnership opportunities so to involve all relevant actors within the targeted areas. Having a very good aggregated knowledge of the problems specific to each area is part of the solution and helps mapping the strengths of the area so to create a safer environment.
The impact of the programme has not yet been evaluated as the action is still ongoing; yet, some of the measures undertaken have already improved a few social situations and prevented further criminal behaviours.
The programme is implemented by the municipality through a partnership with the police, the public utility housing companies, private housing companies, and the public transport agency. The partnership has a long-term structure and is embedded into the stakeholders planning to ensure a long-term impact.
There is no explicit sponsoring of this action yet. Ordinary resources are used and summed up to get a better effect.
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