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Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

pp 948-957

Designing Products Against Crime

  • Paul EkblomAffiliated withDesign Against Crime Research Centre, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London Email author 


Design Out Crime; Designing out crime; Hot products


Much practice and research exists that addresses how the design of the built environment increases, or decreases, the risk of crime, particularly through the architectural approach of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and place-based situational crime prevention (SCP). But this entry covers the domain of products, essentially two- or three-dimensional objects that have been designed and manufactured in some way and which may be portable (e.g., laptops), mobile (e.g., cars), movable (e.g., home cinema TV sets), incorporated in another product (e.g., a tamper-evident lid for a medicine container), or installed in a place (e.g., a cash machine). There are however some transferrable concepts with architectural approaches: for example, certain products such as handbags or vehicles can be considered “enclosures” with equivalent “access control” issues to buildings. However, such transfer is ...

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