The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) is an independent, interdisciplinary research institute established in 1979 by the then Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Schwind. Its mandate is to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research as an independent research establishment. The institute works closely with the University of Göttingen on the basis of a cooperation agreement.
KFN is supported by a non-profit association. KFN is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture under the Ministry’s institutional funding programme.
New research report “Offender organization and criminal investigations with regard to organised residential burglary”
The research report of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony e.V. (KFN) concerning organized residential burglary is now available in English. The project is co-financed with resources from the Internal Security Fund of the European Union. Europol is the consulting partner of the project. The report presents results of… Read more →
New research report “Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony
On 19 April, the KFN published the final report on the project Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony. On behalf of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality and in cooperation with the Lower Saxony State Office for Addiction Issues (NLS) and… Read more →
KFN is conducting a research project on the phenomenon of organized dwelling from October 2016 to March 2019 and has now presented a first study. The project is funded by the European Union Internal Security Fund and own funds from KFN. The project’s advisory partner is Europol. Currently, the first… Read more →
New research report: Private Internet use and experience with computer-related crime. Results of the dark field studies of the State Criminal Police Office Schleswig-Holstein 2015 and 2017
On 16 March, the KFN published another report on the project Data Analysis and Documentation of the Dark Field Survey in Schleswig-Holstein. This contains in particular the results of the focus module of the dark field survey of the State Office of Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein in 2015. The focus is… Read more →
On 07th March KFN published a new research report about the project Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein. In cooperation with the State Office of Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein, the crime rate was determined depending on the country of origin, residence status, professional qualification and retention perspective. In… Read more →
On February 13, the KFN published the final report on the project Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Download KFN Forschungsbericht Nr.136 (PDF) Further information can be found on the project page.
In the spring of 2017, the State Office for Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein conducted a representative survey of the population in the field of security and crime in Schleswig-Holstein for the second time, in which 11,614 people participated. In addition to experiences with crime in 2016, the reporting behavior, the fear… Read more →
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, Director a.D. of the KFN, and Sören Kliem, Head of the Department of Darkfield Research at the KFN, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dirk Baier, Head of the Institute for Delinquency… Read more →
As of 01.12.2017, the research project Cyberattacks against companies has started at KFN. On the basis of an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the fields of computer science, criminology, sociology and economics, the project of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) and the research center L3S of the… Read more →
Since the new version of the PolG NRW the police in North Rhine -Westphalia can for crime prevention, by means of image transmission and recordings in public places where repeated offenses were committed in accordance with certain save prerequisites and deletion periods. KFN examines since November 1, 2017 as part of a process… Read more →