The prevention of crime is not the sole responsibility of the police and it can be managed through appropriate design.
In England and Wales the consideration for crime reduction within planning is facilitated by police architectural liaison officers and crime prevention design advisors, whose roles include assessing planning applications and offering crime prevention advice to mitigate any potential risks.
The British crime survey has identified social housing as being disproportionately vulnerable to burglary risk. With this in mind, the progress made in incentivising crime prevention must not be lost.
Care must also be taken to ensure that what works in designing out crime is disseminated to communities, which will, under the changes introduced by the Localism Act, play a key role in deciding where development will be and what it will look like.