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NCJ Number: 141290 Find in a Library
Title: Safe for Study: Designing the Campus Environment
Journal: Journal of Security Administration  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:(1992)  Pages:77-90
Author(s): D Zahm; D Perrin
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the evolution of the design of college campuses and offers recommendations for incorporating crime prevention features into the siting and design of college buildings and campuses.
Abstract: Decisions regarding campus facilities must consider their potential impact on the quality of life of college and university students, faculty, staff, and administration. These decisions begin with the selection of a site, particularly if that site is remote from the main campus, and continue through site layout and facility design. Site selection and design for crime prevention should reduce or eliminate the cues of opportunity perceived by an offender, limit crime opportunities and available targets, provide additional measures to ensure security where targets and opportunity are difficult to address, and educate students on environmental "cues" and their implications for victimization. These recommendations and the three case studies presented have yielded several conclusions. First, campus administrators must assess existing conditions as they relate to crime and security. Second, colleges and universities must adopt policies and procedures that require some evaluation of crime and security in site selection, facility design or redesign, and staffing. Finally, surrounding neighborhoods, their residents and businesses, and their respective government entities must be considered and even involved in decisions on campus design. 1 table and 8 references
Main Term(s): Architectural design; Campus crime
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Environmental influences
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