In a previous DOC-Gram we introduced the new crime prevention field of CyberCPTED which we have been working on for the last 5 years.
Some people haveasked for examples of CyberCPTED crimes that combine the physical and cyber in ways not addressed well by either conventional crime prevention or cyber security.
First, to recap, these new forms of crime are enabled by the rapid recent increase of computers and other IT in everyone's lives.
This includes smart phones, social media, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Smart Roads Smart Cars, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Smart Health and, in the background, the important but usually hidden world of huge computer-controlled systems that enable us to have clean water, electricity, gas, petrol, sewage, rubbish removal as well as the mass production and distribution of products.
As a brief example of the scale of personal data collection, companies providing advertising in the US claim to have around 5000 different aspects of personal information about almost every American of voting age.
All of the above systems and information can be weaponised by criminals in new forms of crime that are not addressed well by cyber-security or physical crime prevention methods such as CPTED, and hence the need for CyberCPTED.
Some examples of these new types of crime include:
Stealing from shops by tricking credit card readers using carefully-timed physical swap of cards
Burglary by using electronic door lock code readers
Stealing cars by physically tricking the electronic keys
Reversing the use of home video security to know what valuables are in a house and when is the best time to burgle it
Public distribution of personal information to harm the individuals concerned
Misuse of medical data for profit
Breaking the anonymity of census data to send targeted advertising and voting messages
Creating a false Twitter storm to destroy someones life
Robbing shops by using the CCTV feed to identify security weaknesses
Large-scale water theft by modifying electronic measuring equipment
Creating alibis by false number plate trail in number plate readers
Burglary whose sole intent is to get the electronic car keys
The above are a sample of relatively low tech CyberCPTRED crimes there are also high tech versions of the above that similarly depend on mixing electronic-physical elements to undertake crimes
If you are interested in knowing more, or for training in CyberCPTED, please contact us at the Design Out Crime and CPTED Centre at:
RioOnWatch journalists also describe the way that CPTED has been adopted by those involved in the new community professional practice of tactical urbanismhttp://www.rioonwatch.org/?p=37950
Tactical urbanism is a low cost way of changing urban local environments.
It emerged in the last 10 years primarily from urban planning students in the US and follows the principles embedded in 2nd Generation CPTED. A key intention of tactical urbanism is to encourage citizen participation in shaping urban spaces independently of official processes. CPTED is a natural fit with such citizen-based interventions for crime reduction.
CPTED solutions for chronic city centre issues
We are this week starting a new CPTED research program focusing on chronic city centre issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Of special interest are those situations that Community Safety staff, Police and government official find resistant and intractable. These are often the issues that they receive the most complaints from the public. CPTED can often offer special advantages in resolving such situations.
If this is something that you or your colleagues may have an interest, please contact me.
Free CPTED Resources
We provide a large number of free CPTED and CyberCPTED resources on the Design Out Crime and CPTED Centre website at: