The Deutsch Europäisches Forum für Urbane Sicherheit e.V. (DEFUS) [German-European Forum for Urban Security] is the German Forum in the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS). It provides the possibility for an exchange and cooperation of the various actors in the field of safety work (mayors, chairmen/women of prevention committees, heads of order and safety departments et al.).

The forum aims at contributing to the improvement of public security in cities and municipalities, especially with respect to local crime prevention, crime fighting and traffic security. Moreover, the civil sense of security should thereby be enhanced. 



It is with great sorrow and dismay that we have learned of the death of our valued president Guilherme Pinto. He passed away the 8th of Januar. Guilherme Pinto will be greatly missed by Dr. Martin Schairer, chair of DEFUS, all DEFUS members and DEFUS staff and we all join in expressing our sympathy to his wife and family. Condolence letter

Aarhus declaration "European cities against radicalisation leading to violent extremism": About a hundred mayors, local elected officials and local representatives of 22 European countries adopted a common declaration at the end of the international conference for the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism, organised by Efus and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, on 18 November 2015, in Aarhus. You can read the declaration here.

New Publications:
- The final publication of the European Project "AUDITS - Methods and Tools for a Strategic Approach to Urban Security" is available here.
- A report on the European project Security and Tourism was published by Efus: Security & Tourism: Concerted Local Policies. You can order a book here.
- A report by Efus and the International Crime Prevention Centre (ICPC) on 100 Promising Practices on Safer Cities was published. You can download the report here.



  • 24. April 2017 - WEBINAR Organisationsstrukturen islamistischer Vereine - Möglichkeiten der Kontaktaufnahme und Methoden der Bestandsaufnahme in Kommunen.

  • 15. May 2017 - WEBINAR Rechtspopulismus als Mittelschichtsphänomen

  • 18./19. May 2017  - General Assembly EFUS in Rimini, Italien

  • 19./20. June 2017 - German Congress on Crime Prevention in Hannover

  • 19. June 2017 - General Assembly DEFUS in Hannover

  • September 2017 - EFUS Executive Committee Meeting in Malmö, Sweden

  • 15. - 17. November - EFUS Conference: Security, Democracy and Cities in Barcelona


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