Title 10 ways to use crime data in CPTED

For CPTED professionals this is a time of awareness of potential adverse effects of CPTED, and the possibility of legal and financial liability. Using crime data helps in making justifiable CPTED decisions. Here are 10 ways to use crime data to make better CPTED decisions and reduce the risk of litigation.

Crime Risk Assessments are an important step in assembling the evidence for a CPTED recommendation or report. Crime Risk Assessments are based on crime statistics for the location - usually reported crime incident data. A standardised risk  format is used to show the likelihood of crimes. It can be a challenge to convert crime statistics to risk likelihood. There is a simple way...

Queensland Attorney General has reported that Queensland has serious problems with the quality of its crime data  - "Queensland's crime statistics are 'questionable at best and unreliable at worst"'due to an "unacceptable" level of inaccurate and incomplete data' (QAO Report 14. 2016-17).  Accurate crime data is essential to successful CPTED. Crime data enables good decisions about how, why and where to apply limited CPTED resources.This problem of Queensland crime data has serious implications for those undertaking CPTED projects and CPTED evaluations in Queensland.

Recent crime research challenges  the assumptions of sustainability agenda and planning policies to promote compact, high-density, mixed-used residential developments in walkable and permeable street networks close to public transport. Secondary aims are to encourage walking and the use of public transport and to reduce car-use, energy use, pollution, congestion and urban sprawl. Although permeability is assumed to represent a positive built environment feature which reduces crime by promoting more ‘eyes on the street’, a significant body of research in the field of environmental criminology challenges these assumptions.

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