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New thinking on crime prevention through environmental design

Ekblom, Paul (2011) New thinking on crime prevention through environmental design. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 17 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 09281371

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Ekblom, Paul

Paul Ekblom edited this thematic issue of the journal, 'European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research' The issue was called, ‘New Thinking on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design'. In addition Ekblom wrote the introduction chapter.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a familiar field of practice, particularly in English-speaking and Northern European nations, but now emerging too in countries such as Italy and France which have traditionally followed more community‐ and offender-oriented paths in crime prevention; and in Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. Although worthy of support, CPTED does have some serious limitations, which may limit its theoretical and empirical sharpness, practical relevance and its lasting adoption; and may even introduce harmful side-effects. So ‘old hands’ and ‘new hands’ alike need to proceed with some caution.

The idea behind this thematic issue of EJCPR, containing articles from UK and Australia, is to support the concept of CPTED, and to respect the practical experience that has built up over the years, but to subject the language, the methodology, the theory, the detailed evidence and the working practice to constructive criticism. The intention, too, is to indicate directions in which CPTED should update and evolve as a practical but rigorous and evidence-based discipline. (Evidence of impact on crime of CPTED programmes is not covered here although equally important to the future of the approach.)

In this introduction I will very briefly define and describe the basic principles of CPTED, as they are now; identify some of the main problems and limitations of CPTED; suggest some strategic ways in which CPTED and its component concepts could evolve and improve; look ahead to the papers in this issue which take things forward in quite diverse ways; and finish with a proposed redefinition of CPTED. Ideally the debate will not stop with this issue but continue elsewhere, contributing to a much-needed reinvigoration of the field.

Official Website: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10610-010-9137-4/fulltext.html
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: crime prevention, environmental design, built environment
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Springer
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Research Centres/Networks > Design Against Crime at the Innovation Centre (DAC)
Date: March 2011
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s10610-010-9137-4
Related Websites: http://www.designagainstcrime.com
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 10:26
Last Modified: 02 May 2013 12:01
Item ID: 2950
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2950

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