CABE's Safer Places paper

There are many recommendations on how to design out crime. CABE's comprehensive Safer Places paper identifies seven key characteristics that create a safe community:

  • Access and movement: places with well defined routes, spaces and entrances that provide for convenient movement without compromising security
  • Structure: places that are structured so that different uses do not cause conflict
  • Surveillance: places where all publicly accessible spaces are overlooked
  • Ownership: places that promote a sense of ownership, respect, territorial responsibility and community
  • Physical protection: places that include necessary, well-designed security features
  • Activity: places where the level of human activity is appropriate to the location and creates a reduced risk of crime and a sense of safety at all times
  • Management and maintenance: places that are designed with management and maintenance in mind, to discourage crime in the present and the future

Safer places, The planning system and crime prevention
CABE (2004)