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...

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.

The City of Sydney proposes  to modify its Local Environmental Plan to make graffiti legal as Art. Artists are pleased, but  not everything is allowed.

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.

Perth Crime Map

For CPTED professionals, getting accurate and representative crime data is ALWAYS problematic. Comparative crime data (e.g. crime rate/suburb) is even more problematic.

A new source of comparative crime data for Perth, Western Australia is the Perth Crime Map.