Finalising the Crime Risk Assessment Mechanism for the Crime Proofing Activities of European Legislation/Regulation

  • Ernesto U. SavonaEmail author
  • Francesco Calderoni
  • Sara Martocchia
  • Stefano Montrasio


The last meeting of the MARC Consortium Board (Paris, 27–28 October 2005) approved a general and flexible legislative crime risk mechanism which could be used for a variety of possible applications. Since then, further steps have been taken to implement the mechanism, and a pilot study on public procurement sector has been carried out to test its functioning. It highlighted some critical issues and weaknesses of the Legislative Crime Risk formula, the related indicators and the scoring system. Accordingly, the present article introduces some adjustments to the model and tackles those issues not yet addressed. It sets out the Legislative Crime Risk formula and its components, states rules for assessing each component, refines the indicators that operationalize the variables, and provides information about the reliability of a crime risk assessment.


Crime proofing Crime risk assessment Legislative crime risk formula Threat Seriousness Reliability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernesto U. Savona
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Francesco Calderoni
    • 1
  • Sara Martocchia
    • 1
  • Stefano Montrasio
    • 3
  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and TRANSCRIME-Joint Research Centre on Transnational CrimeMilanoItaly
  3. 3.TRANSCRIME-Joint Research Centre on Transnational CrimeMilanoItaly

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