Crime prevention through product design

Authored by: Paul Ekblom

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
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Design is creativity deployed to a specific end (HM Treasury, 2005). It is a generic process of creating some new or improved product which:

is materially or logically possible to make;

is fit, or fitter than predecessors, for some specified principal purpose;

does not significantly interfere with subsidiary purposes or with wider requirements of social and economic life and the environment (adapted from Booch, 1993).

Design is a wide-ranging field. Besides the creation of three-dimensional products (the focus of this chapter) it covers the creation of the built environment (see Chapter 11 by Armitage in this volume), graphics, communication, systems and services; even procedures and social innovation. Design may include an engineering dimension but it is much more than just ‘technology’.

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