Promoting safer communities through physical design, social inclusion and crime prevention

19 Dec 2006

The Western Australian Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy emphasises that to reduce and prevent crime requires action that is sustainable, cooperative, inclusive, targeted and evidence based, and focuses on results and sharing knowledge. This strategy acknowledges that to prevent crime requires a variety of approaches that include developmental, social and opportunity reduction programs. This report examines the role of an opportunity reduction program – the Safecity Urban Design Strategy – undertaken by the City of Gosnells. It sets out the origins and background of the Strategy, drawing on current research on situational crime prevention or prevention through environmental design. Research findings are discussed in detail and areas for further intervention are highlighted.

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