Presentation Title

City Environment - Crime Prevention in Outdoor Urban Spaces

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

24-3-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 4:15 PM

Abstract

Crime has been occurring in our urban centres since cities were first formed. From pick-pocketing on the streets of London to murder in the heart of Rome, each form of crime has a different root cause and subsequently, each requires a tailored solution. This presentation focuses on “outdoor” crime, which is a crime where the outdoor environment plays a dominant role in how and when a crime takes place. The main question asked is: is it possible to design safe outdoor places by simply altering the physical environment and changing our urban design? This presentation reviews the literature on how forward-thinking urban planning and innovative site design can contribute to deterring ‘outdoor’ criminal behaviour in our urban places. By reducing crime opportunities and creating a heightened sense of risk for the offender, it is possible to build communities in which everyone, no matter the age, gender, or ethnicity, feels valued and safe. People that feel safe are more likely to use amenities near their homes, walk the streets, and let their children play in the parks. A happy community is a safe community.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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Mar 24th, 4:00 PM Mar 24th, 4:15 PM

City Environment - Crime Prevention in Outdoor Urban Spaces

IB 1014

Crime has been occurring in our urban centres since cities were first formed. From pick-pocketing on the streets of London to murder in the heart of Rome, each form of crime has a different root cause and subsequently, each requires a tailored solution. This presentation focuses on “outdoor” crime, which is a crime where the outdoor environment plays a dominant role in how and when a crime takes place. The main question asked is: is it possible to design safe outdoor places by simply altering the physical environment and changing our urban design? This presentation reviews the literature on how forward-thinking urban planning and innovative site design can contribute to deterring ‘outdoor’ criminal behaviour in our urban places. By reducing crime opportunities and creating a heightened sense of risk for the offender, it is possible to build communities in which everyone, no matter the age, gender, or ethnicity, feels valued and safe. People that feel safe are more likely to use amenities near their homes, walk the streets, and let their children play in the parks. A happy community is a safe community.