Outer Areas Safety (Multi- level community network)
In Csongrad County tenth of the inhabitants live in outer areas, kind of farms, called tanya in Hungarian. Tanya is a form of scattered and isolated settlement far from the towns and far from each other. The isolated world of these settlements is a unique phenomenon in Hungary, which needs lots of attention. The other big part of the crime prevention work is determined by the several students who study and live in the area.
The inhabitants sense of security changed a lot in the last 17 years. The leadership of the Csongrad County Headquarters 17 years ago, according to the crime statistics and the needs of the citizens, determined the development of a special preventive program for outer areas. The project has been growing continuously during the last 17 years.
Considering these facts a complex, basically interpersonal system (consists of private and public organizations as well) was built up with the coordination of the police. The long term operation is based on the growing public need for crime prevention activities and it seems to be materialized by the training of the juvenile contemporary helpers and their active involvement to the program.
Main pillars of our project:
- Public safety network:
- Pusztazo safety program for the outer areas (Civilian Networks signalling system domestic violence, preventing crimes against property; outer area patrol service, Tanya cabinet; crisis intervention team; brochures; films; etc.)
- Programs for the security of the settlement (e-learning)
- Safety of our children is the seal of our future programs for youth prevention (training for juvenile contemporary helpers)
pol. lieut. col. Marta M. Toronykőy
Head of Crime Prevention Department
The project started in 1997 and is still running.
Last review: September 2017.