Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice by Armitage Rachel

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2010), and a wider approach to the potential benefits of such interventions including the impact upon environmental and social sustainability (by authors such as Dewberry, 2003; Cozens, 2007; Armitage and Monchuk, 2009). Given a widening of the focus to include the process of application and consideration of benefits beyond crime reduction, such as social and environmental sustainability, a more appropriate definition of CPTED might be ‘the design, manipulation and management of the built environment to reduce crime and the fear of crime and to enhance sustainability through the process and application of measures at the micro (individual building/structure) and macro (neighbourhood) level’.

419), and the spaces in which they travel to reach these locations are known as their activity space. These potential offenders, like all individuals within society, will have an awareness space which is made up of the locations, and the spaces in between those locations, about which they are knowledgeable. An individual’s awareness space is structured by their activity space, which in turn has been structured by their daily activities. Applied to the design and layout of residential areas, this theory would suggest that an area with an internal street layout which makes it harder to get around, and which is not part of a network of streets, is less likely to be targeted by offenders who, the theory argues, are highly opportunistic.

Offenders will also make these selections based upon their knowledge of the areas which they frequent. According to these theories, crime can be reduced by designing residential areas to minimise the likelihood that potential offenders will pass by en route to their daily activities, and should they become aware of an area, the design and layout convey the impression that the risk associated with offending against this target is too great. Situational crime prevention and crime prevention through environmental design If individuals commit crime as a response to opportunities that arise and these opportunities are shaped by these individuals’ views of the environment surrounding them, it follows that crime can be reduced through the manipulation of the environment.

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