Design, crime and the built environment

Authored by: Rachel Armitage

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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Crime takes many forms and occurs in many places, and whilst theories of crime causation are often generalised across different crime types, there is little empirical evidence to suggest that the prevention of child sexual exploitation, homicide or human trafficking (to give extreme examples) could be prevented using the measures outlined within this chapter. The focus here is largely upon the prevention or reduction of acquisitive crimes such as burglary in a dwelling, theft of and from vehicles and associated offences. By the nature of the targets of these offences, the focus is on residential housing and the areas surrounding those properties – the wider housing estate.

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