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Crime prevention through urban design, planning and management

Crime prevention through urban design, planning and management

Crime prevention is increasingly to be found at the top of the place management agenda and it is now generally accepted that good places are also safe places.

For place managers, crime or indeed the fear of crime, have been constant issues in dealing with the quality of places and in particular, but not only, public places. How do we make public space safer and also, how do we make people feel safer in public space? Crime Prevention through Urban Design Planning and Management (CP-UDPM) puts place in the centre of the approach and looks at the conditions that make crime possible locally and induce a fear of crime: a badly-lit alley, an abandoned subway, indifferent neighbours etc. The concept of crime has been extended to include incivilities such as litter and vandalism – seen both as a problem in themselves, but also as a sign of abandoned and unsafe public space.

The most common answer to crime is surveillance: CCTV cameras and security guards are proliferating – with dubious results and dangerous side-effects. CP-UDPM looks at alternatives to this type of surveillance and offers a set of instruments to place makers and place managers in order to help them tackle crime/fear of crime. In this volume we have collected several papers that look at such alternatives from different angles and in various contexts.


Crime prevention aspects of public space renewal in Budapest,Crime prevention through urban design and planning in the Smart City era. The challenge of disseminating CP-UDP in Italy: learning from Europe,Crime prevention through urban design, planning and management,High-rise in trouble? Learning from Europe,Improving the quality of life with CPTED methodology: high-rise housing in Widzew, Lodz,Integrating crime prevention into urban design and planning: from European procedures to local delivery methods,Model (my) neighbourhood – a bottom-up collective approach for crime-prevention in Portugal and Lithuania,Urban crime prevention – broadening of perspectives

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