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Design, crime and the built environment

Armitage, Rachel (2017) Design, crime and the built environment. In: Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2nd Edition). Routledge, pp. 234-253. ISBN 9781138851054

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Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a method of reducing crime through the design and manipulation of the built environment. Based upon the Opportunity Theories of crime, CPTED focuses upon blocking opportunities for criminal behaviour through subtle techniques to maximise informal surveillance, guardianship and maintenance, to minimise through movement and to set standards of physical security that are proportionate to crime risk. This chapter will discuss the principles of CPTED and the theories from which it evolved. It will explore the effectiveness of these principles, both individually and combined, in reducing crime, before exploring how CPTED is applied in practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 15:20
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 17:29


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