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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

With Australia’s population on the rise and public safety and crime a consistent community concern, CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) is an interesting initiative. It offers a place-based, design intervention to address safety in our communities. Nationally endorsed at the principles level, there is now a move to amend the Australian Building Codes to embed CPTED principles within the planning process. Not only is it promoted as a crime prevention strategy, it is also argued it provides an avenue for improved public health outcomes. We thought it was worth finding out more. You can too by reading the extract below or the full article by Paul Cozens here.

Extract: CPTED, also known as Designing Out Crime, is a place- based strategy which argues that ‘the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime and the incidence of crime, and to an improvement in the quality of life’. It builds upon strategies of territoriality (sense of ownership), surveillance and access control and promotes activities within space including higher densities and mixed-use development in order to optimise the number of potential ‘eyes on the street’.