The effects of urban security measures on everyday life - Today, fear and security have a more powerful effect on everyday life than in any other moment in history because the factors which should make daily life dependable are no longer reassuring. There is no single cause to provoke the feeling of insecurity, even when it seems to stem from a fear of crime. The causes are hard to recognize. Institutions respond to the demand for security but often concentrate on crime rates which are not always directly proportional to the level of perceived insecurity. Paradoxically, an increase of the perception of insecurity in everyday life can sometimes be the direct consequence of security measures. There is a risk that the citizen becomes used to being under surveillance and delegates responsibility for the urban environment to an external control.
Key words: security, everyday life, urban space.