Welcome to Security in Place. This is the website for a three year ESRC-funded project on 'Place, Crime and Insecurity in Everyday Life' (Ref ES/S010734/1). At the heart of our research is the question of what does it mean to feel secure in Britain today.

We hope you will join us on this journey to understand what makes people feel safe or unsafe in the places in which they live and their everyday lives. The project is based in Macclesfield, a town in East Cheshire in the UK. In the mid-1990s, three members of our team were welcomed in Macclesfield to explore people’s fears and feelings towards crime in the town. One reason for coming back is to find out how the town, and people's feelings about it and their sense of safety within it have changed in the last quarter of a century.

In the world affected by the restrictions due to Covid-19, we are currently not able to conduct our face-to-face research as usual. We are adapting our way of working: you can find out more about what we are planning to do here. The focus of our research remains the same but now we also consider the impact of the pandemic on everyday life and safety in Macclesfield.

We want to make sure that the research includes the experiences of as wide range of people as possible who live and work in Macclesfield, so if you are a resident or a local group wondering whether and how you can take part in this research we would like to hear from you! Contact us