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    Designing Out Crime: A CPTED + Engineering Approach

    Harris Crime Prevention Services

    Harris Crime Prevention Services  are specialist security consultants for the healthcare, aged care and school sectors.  

    Local and state governments across Australia are incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles into planning legislation and regulation.  

    For example, in NSW there are now guidelines under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act whilst other states and territories are incorporating their own development guidelines into various planning instruments.  

    These requirements are a consequence of ongoing law-and-order debates within governments, the business world and the community.

    The CPTED model applies architecture and engineering to achieve holistic and integrated security design solutions. This is the approach that the company has successfully applied to over 200 development projects across Australia.

    The CPTED model is based on the disciplines of law, sociology, criminology, urban planning architecture and engineering.

    Security design is more than the traditional inclusion of barriers, bolts, surveillance systems and alarms. It is a comprehensive environmental crime prevention strategy, applying aspects of architecture, engineering and technology to all development proposals from concept to completion.

    Security design has two aims: 

    • To promote the legitimate and safe use of built environments by incorporating security design guidelines into development planning approval processes
    • To enhance the reputation of development projects by ensuring that security design criteria are incorporated into relevant architectural, engineering and technology documentation

    There are three key advantages of incorporating crime prevention into urban planning projects: 

    • Ensuring compliance with statutory requirements
    • Influencing the safety of a welcoming environment
    • Providing a marketing edge for developers and investors

    There is a fourth advantage: reducing the likelihood of litigation from victims of crime occurring within built environment precincts.

    In these matters courts are increasingly likely to review links between the commission of crime and whether crime prevention measures have been factored into a development’s architectural and engineering documentation.

    Specialist consultants from Harris Crime Prevention Services have provided ‘designing out crime strategies’ for a wide range of projects. These include hospitals, aged care facilities, retirement villages, research institutions, retail complexes, waterfront redevelopments, universities, schools and entertainment/sporting venues.

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