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Burglars’ Take on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED): Reconsidering the Relevance from an Offender Perspective

Armitage, Rachel (2017) Burglars’ Take on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED): Reconsidering the Relevance from an Offender Perspective. Security Journal. ISSN 0955-1662

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Abstract

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) represents a multi-faceted approach to crime reduction that draws upon theories from urban design, psychology and criminology. Yet there remains a lack of clarity regarding CPTED’s definition and scope. CPTED has been defined by, amongst others Crowe (2000), Ekblom (2011) and Armitage (2013), and the principles upon which it is based have seen even greater discrepancy. Conscious that these principles have primarily been defined by academics and policy-makers, this research aims to rectify this imbalance. A sample of twenty-two incarcerated prolific burglars from three prisons (England), were asked to describe their response to sixteen images of residential housing. The results confirm that the design of residential housing influences burglar decision making, but that the principles of CPTED should be re-examined, with surveillance, and physical security a clear deterrent, yet management and maintenance and defensible space not considered as important in offender decision making.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: Secure Societies Institute
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Depositing User: Rachel Armitage
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 14:32
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 16:49
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/31749

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