Definition Of Situational Crime Prevention

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Situational Crime Prevention
Module III
Mr. Aundra’ M. Segrest
University of Cincinnatti
March 29, 2015

Weak Defensible Space – CPTED Principles

Introduction
Physical enhancements and beautification of a neighborhood are important components of both increasing the perception of safety and reducing real crime. The environmental design, conditions around a place and how the place is used can lend opportunity for crime to occur (Taylor, 2002). Crime is everywhere and will forever exist as long as there are people in the world. Socio-ecnomic background, ethnicity and geographic location does not change the presence of crime. Research on environmental criminology has concluded that geographic location and buildings architectural features and design have much to contribute to offenders’ opportunity for criminial activity and victimization in a community.
Architect and urban planners, Oscar Newman and Jane Jacobs initiated the study on the relationship between environmental design and crime in our society. Newman’s book, Defensible Space: Crime Prevention Through Urban Design, (1972) focused on the study of residential housing physical design and how the building’s features implicated crime in urban residential housing communities and public housing in inner-city residential neighborhoods. His theory described defensible space relative to crime and disorder in the community but have been criticized that physical design had little to…
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