Translating CPTED into Crime Preventive Action: A Critical Examination of CPTED as a Tool for Active Guardianship

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Title Translating CPTED into Crime Preventive Action: A Critical Examination of CPTED as a Tool for Active Guardianship
Author Reynald, Danielle
Journal Name European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract This paper will argue that the effectiveness of CPTED ought to be judged in terms of the extent to which it is successful in facilitating opportunities for active guardianship of places. With this premise in mind, the CPTED component of surveillance will provide the focal point of investigation. Reynald (Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, 11(1):1-20, 2009, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 2010b) demonstrated that supervision or natural surveillance is one of the core dimensions of active guardianship in residential areas. This paper will begin with an illustration of how the CPTED principles are translated into crime preventive action in residential environments by using observational data to get a first-hand look at how CPTED functions in practice. The paper will then go on to combine these field observations with interview data from residents themselves to show the ways in which opportunities for the CPTED component of surveillance are affected, not simply by the design of the physical environment, but also by the context in which the opportunities exist. These results will be used to critically reflect on some inherent conflicts and points of neglect in the relationship between the components of surveillance, territoriality and image/maintenance, as a means of airing some of the conceptual and practical weaknesses that may serve to limit the existing CPTED model.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 17
Issue Number 1
Page from 69
Page to 81
ISSN 0928-1371
Date Accessioned 2011-02-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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