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Crime Prevention through Housing Design

Policy and Practice


Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Rachel Armitage
      Pages 1-5
  3. Reducing Residential Crime through Design — Theory, Policy and Practice

  4. What Works in Reducing Residential Crime through Design

  5. Conclusion

    1. Rachel Armitage
      Pages 201-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-230

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive review of the impact of residential design on crime focusing upon research, policy and practice both in the UK and internationally, appealing to both academics and practitioners within the fields of crime prevention, urban planning and architecture.


Architecture planning residential areas crime reduction architecture crime crime prevention design sustainability urban planning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Criminology CentreUniversity of HuddersfieldUK

About the authors

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 Crime Science, UCL. She has published extensively on the subject of designing out crime, specifically the UK Secured by Design award scheme and special editions of the Built Environment Journal on Sustainability via security and international perspectives on planning for crime prevention.

Bibliographic information


"Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice clearly contributes to advancing our understanding of the nature of the relationship between the urban environment and crime. The author recognizes that the field of crime prevention by housing design has been often misunderstood, and been treated as being theoretically shallow, as the less sexy part ofcriminology (in the author's own words), but Armitage rises to these challenges with great skill in this accomplished and relevant book. [It] is definitely a must-read for anyone who has a theoretical and practical interest in the importance of the urban environment on crime causation." - Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

"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