Is CPTED Useful to Guide the Inventory of Safety in Parks?

[2016] Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) has long been suggested as a guideline for improving safety in neighborhoods. Yet, little is known about the application of CPTED to urban parks. The aim of this study is to evaluate the adequacy of CPTED principles in guiding the inventory of safety conditions of an urban park. The study begins with a review of the development of CPTED ideas and then focuses on the inspection of a park with a relatively high level of crime in the city of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Site observations, parks inspection, crime mapping of policerecorded data, and interviews with selected users and municipal stakeholders underpin the methodology used in this study. Findings indicate that design and management of the park affect the park’s safety conditions—attributes that are easily identifiable when using CPTED as guidance. The article concludes with several general lessons from using CPTED principles to inventory safety in parks.

Iqball, Asifa and Vania Ceccatol. Is CPTED Useful to Guide the Inventory of Safety in Parks? A Study Case in Stockholm, Sweden. International Criminal Justice Review 1-19. Georgia State University, 2016

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