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New Book: Crime Prevention through Housing Design
Crime Prevention through Housing Design is a new book by Community Safety criminologist Dr Rachel Armitage from the University of Huddersfield, UK. It is available from Palgrave (free sample chapter). Using visual examples, the book bridges the practical gap between design and criminology, Armitage uses opportunity theories to provide practical recommendations for the implementation of design.
Here at the Design Out Crime Research Centre's website, you will find access to our services, along with news and resources on minimising crime, reducing antisocial behaviour and the development of anti-terrorism strategies through design of environments, products, behaviours, attitudes, social interactions and systems.
Register for a PhD in Design Out Crime
Interested in a PhD in Designing Out Crime or Environmental Criminology or CPTED? Help shape a free, creative society. Undertake your PhD supervised by a member of the Design Out Crime Research Centre in Perth, Western Australia. Start a PhD or Masters by research any time of the year.
Linked-In CPTED Group
The Linked-In CPTED group offers a place for active practical discussion of DOC and CPTED issues by crime prevention and security professionals, students and researchers. The group has 1600 members and is free to join - here. The manager is Severin Sorensen, CPP, who ran the US Government's largest dedicated CPTED program 1994-2002.
Smartphones can be easily infected with 'rootkits' that enable a variety of direct and indirect crime-related activities. Controlling a user's smartphone, enables activities such as eavesdrop on meetings, track the owners travels and flatten the battery, and act as an attack vector via automated activity .
RAC car thefts 2009
RAC car theft data for 2008/9 is interesting for the relatively low overall value of the car theft problem compared to say motor vehicle accidents caused by crime-related or other issues leading to road deaths or accident damage.
Reduce crime -paint pink
Think pink in India
(reported by e-DOCA)
A crime-infested town in the badlands of Bihar, is painting itself pink to reduce crime. Aurangabad's facades of most of the private and government buildings are painted a gaudy pink. "The town's sub-division officer Arvind Kumar Singh said. 'Pink fosters harmony'
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of data on CCTV in public spaces shows benefits for crime prevention. The results are primarily driven by relatively effectiveness of CCTV in car parks (51% decrease in crime). Other uses of CCTV were less successful resulting an an average decrease in crime of around 16% with 7% reduction in city and town centres and public housing.
Western Australian Tough on Graffiti Strategy 2011-2015
The new WA 'Tough on Graffiti Strategy 2011-2015' has been resulting in significantly reduced costs to local government for graffiti removal and the numbers of reports of graffiti in Perth's northern suburbs of Joondalup and Wanneroo have halved in 12 months.
The 'Tough on Graffiti Strategy 2011-2015' replaces previous graffiti prevention initiatives. It can be downloaded from: http://www.crimeprevention.wa.gov.au/uploads/file/graffiti/Tough on Graffiti Strategy.pdf
The 'Implementation Plan' for the Tough on Graffiti Strategy describes the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies involved in implementing the strategy. It can be downloaded from: http://www.crimeprevention.wa.gov.au/uploads/file/graffiti/Tough on Graffiti Implementation Plan.pdf
Design Out Graffiti
Designing out graffiti is about applying designing your environment to avoid graffiti . The WA Police Graffiti Team provide useful fact sheets on designing out graffiti through landscaping, lighting & surveillance and protective coatings.
Designing out Graffiti - general overview.
Landscaping and Planting - design the surrounding landscape to reduce graffiti vandal's ease of offending.
Lighting & Surveillance - use lighting to deter graffiti vandals and enhance your safety
Protective Coatings - how to use protective coatings to reduce graffiti.
Workshop: Design of offender supervision
Workshop: New directions in the supervision of offenders. 30 - 31 August 2010, Building H, Room H1.16, Monash University, Caulfield.
Design of effective offender supervision is an effective Design Out Crime Strategy at one remove from the immediate crime situation. It is signficant in view of repeat crime and repeat victimisation.
Online Criminal Justice Degree Project
The Online Criminal Justice Degree Project seeks to provide resources that offer a more complete perspective on the criminal justice system. It provides an additional online resource for those studying criminal justice that also looks at the weaknesses of criminal justice processes. It can be found at http://www.onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com
Calvin Beckford, former Crime Prevention Designer in the UK London Metropolitan Police and former employee of ACPO Secured by Design has launched a new crime prevention website, thecrimepreventionwebsite.com .
3D Crime Prevention Tool Kit from SBD
A new free online 3D computer-aided design 'Toolkit' is available to help designers visualise using Design Out Crime in houses. The 3D Toolkit has been made available by the UK Secured by Design group with Hampshire Police. It is primarily aimed at land developers and uses scenarios to identify design features likely to affect crime incidence for particular aspects of house design.