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Designing Products Against Crime

Ekblom, Paul (2008) Designing Products Against Crime. In: Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis. Willan, Cullompton. ISBN 9781843922803

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Ekblom, Paul

The book aimed to assemble for the first time the key contributions by leading theorists and practitioners to environmental criminology and crime analysis, to comprehensively define the field and synthesise the concepts surrounding the environmental perspective, which has developed over the past 30 years in the English-speaking world, Scandinavia and Netherlands but increasingly elsewhere.

My own chapter provides the definitive overview of designing products against crime. It built on the firm basis of my chapter of same title in the Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Ed. Nick Tilley 2005. Cullompton: Willan), but drew on both earlier experience of crime science and more recent experience, working at CSM, of collaborating with designers and design researchers.

In this, it moved on from previous exclusive focus on getting designers to ‘think thief’, to something more interdisciplinary: encouraging crime prevention practitioners, and applied crime science researchers, to ‘draw on design’. This means using design thinking/design processes in generating their responses to crime problems, rather than considering the designer as merely supplier of products usable in their preventive strategies.

The chapter combines, for the first time, two of my conceptual frameworks (Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity and Misdeeds & Security, which systematically and rigorously

1) analyse generic causes of crime and preventive interventions, and

2) identify broad categories of crime risk to which products may be exposed.

Official Website: http://www.willanpublishing.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781843922810
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Paul Ekblom

Research Interests

Designing products, places and systems against crime, disorder, drug abuse and terrorism, situational crime prevention, conceptual frameworks for integrating crime science, managing crime prevention knowledge and improving practice, evaluation methods, crime, evolution, complexity and design, crime futures. Theory, development, implementation & evaluation of Design Against Crime, definitions & conceptual frameworks for knowledge transfer of good practice in crime prevention, horizon scanning, incl. crime risk/ impact assessment, evolution, arms races, complexity & simulation applied to crime.

Current Research

1. Principal Investigator, AHRC-funded project, with JDI/UCL, to design, implement and evaluate range of security products intended to reduce theft of customers' bags in bars. Based on this, developing concepts and language for describing/specifying security and security weaknesses in designed products, systems and environments.

2. Co-investigator, AHRC-funded project to develop more secure bike parking, including through guidance and standards. Based on my part of this work, recently completed, www.bikeoff.org/2009/01/05/final-report-wpa2-of-bike-off-2/ developing advanced frameworks for supporting crime risk analysis leading to design guidance. Currently discussing development of these frameworks in built environment and anti-terrorist contexts.

3. Currently writing book to elaborate key concepts, details and applications of 5Is framework, an advanced process model for crime prevention, and used in capture, synthesis and retrieval of good practice knowledge, supporting intelligenf replication and innovation. See www.designagainstcrime.com/web/crimeframeworks. Related to this, involved as partner in EU-funded project Beccaria on developing crime prevention training in EU and a range of informal national/international collaborations on knowledge management.

5. Developing new ways of thinking about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design based on a tighter conceptual/theoretical framework than currently exists.

6. Investigating scope for using graphic/communications design to represent complexity in policy/practice systems such as, but not confined to, crime prevention.

I became Professor and Associate Director of the DAC Centre in June 2005, and co-manage the Centre. I will be delivering academic papers and publications aimed at driving forward the DAC Research Agenda both at home and abroad. One of the major roles I have concerns making and improving links that will establish new research collaborations for the development of externally funded projects. These links in the fields of crime science, criminology and design will initially focus on UCL (the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science (where I am currently an Associate and regularly give lectures on Masters courses), Huddersfield and Salford Universities (where I am also Visiting Professor); Loughborough, Cambridge, LSE and KCL. I am a member of academic networks including the EPSRC-funded SERVE and International Crime Science Network; and have contacts in a range of EU funding and potential collaborating institutions in academia, European Commission and national governments. I am an established figure in the worlds of police and crime prevention training, research, knowledge management and advanced practice and am well-placed to develop funding, collaboration and practical research opportunities there (as well as applying this experience to DAC).

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RPE
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Willan
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Research Centres/Networks > Design Against Crime at the Innovation Centre (DAC)
Date: 2008
Related Websites: http://www.designagainstcrime.com/web/crimeframeworks
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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 12:56
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 2172
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2172

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