Is It Just a Guessing Game? The Application of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) to Predict Burglary

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Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) aims to reduce crime
through the design of the built environment. Designing out Crime Officers (DOCOs) are responsible for the delivery of CPTED by assessing planning applications, identifying criminogenic design features and offering remedial advice. Twenty-eight experienced DOCOs from across England and Wales assessed the site plan for one residential development (which had been built a decade earlier) and identified crime risk locations. Predictions of likely locations were compared with four years’ police recorded crime data. DOCOs are, to varying extents, able to identify locations which experienced higher levels of crime and disorder. However, they varied widely in the number of locations in which they anticipated burglary would occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-440
Number of pages15
JournalPlanning Practice and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2018


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