Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice

Hardcover | August 23, 2013

byRachel Armitage

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This book reviews the impact of residential design on crime and considers the current, and historic, importance placed upon crime prevention within the planning system. Armitage provides a comprehensive review of policy and practice in planning crime prevention both nationally and internationally.

Bridging the gap between design and criminology, Armitage uses opportunity theories to provide practical recommendations for the implementation of design. Enhanced by extensive visual examples, the book promotes a collaborative, long-term approach of designing out crime, conveying the positive impact of design upon the environment and crime prevention.

This book will appeal to scholars in criminology, policing, urban studies and architecture as well as practitioners in the role of planning, developing and managing residential housing.


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This book reviews the impact of residential design on crime and considers the current, and historic, importance placed upon crime prevention within the planning system. Armitage provides a comprehensive review of policy and practice in planning crime prevention both nationally and internationally.Bridging the gap between design and cri...

Rachel Armitage is Reader in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She has worked in the field of community safety and criminology since 1998, including three years as a Senior Consultant for Nacro and one year as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jill Dando Institute of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.67 × 5.66 × 0.8 inPublished:August 23, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230356176

ISBN - 13:9780230356177

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"This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with crime and disorder in the built environment. It combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of relevant research with clear advice to practitioners and policy-makers. Planners and politicians whose decisions shape our towns and cities must heed Rachel Armitage's sensible and well-founded recommendations about simple ways to make us all safer." - Ken Pease, Visiting Professor of Crime Science, UCL, UK "This book is a globally-significant milestone in the discipline which deftly synthesises this complex field for researchers and advanced practitioners alike; presents, and substantially adds to, over a decade of the author's own top-quality applied empirical research on crime, crime prevention practice and policy that impacts on the daily life of all of us; and provides a launch platform for further studies that is simultaneously sturdy and stimulating." - Paul Ekblom, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK