Designing Safer Places - A Manual for Crime Prevention Through Planning and Design

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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)


Tinus Kruger, Karina Landman, Susan Liebermann

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01 Jan 2001

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Tinus Kruger

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01 Oct 2014

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The aim of the manual is to promote cooperation between the police, local government and other role players to improve local-level crime prevention through the design of safer environments. It highlights the role that those practitioners responsible for shaping the built environment - urban planners and designers, architects, landscape architects and engineers, etc - can play in creating safer communities.

The manual provides practical recommendations that will assist these professionals (private practitioners as well as government officials) in incorporating crime prevention principles into their thinking when planning and designing new developments. It will
also provide guidance with regard to the improvement of existing environments to reduce crime and increase people's feelings of safety. As such, this publication will be of value not only to design professionals but also to the SAPS and other policing
agencies, local government councillors and officials from various departments, as well as community groups.

This publication was commissioned by the Division Crime Prevention (Social Crime Prevention) of the South African Police Service (SAPS). The manual has its origin in a draft publication entitled Environmental Design for Safer Communities published in 1998, which was the result of a research project conducted by the CSIR and the Institute for Security Studies (ISSJ. This project, funded by the Innovation Fund of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, focused on Pil lar Two (reducing crime through environmental design) of the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPSJ. The findings of the project, as documented in the draft publication, were discussed with various stakeholders and this, together with further studies, led to the development of this manual on crime prevention through planning and design.

For more information on the manual or on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) please contact Tinus Kruger