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Title: Designing Safe Spaces: Involving Children and Youth in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Corporate Author: National Crime Prevention Council
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Crime Prevention Council
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
Grant Number: 2002-DD-BX-K004
Publication Number: ISBN 1-59686-012-X
Sale Source: National Crime Prevention Council
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide describes strategies for involving children and youth in crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), which is a method of designing or modifying the physical environment so that people feel safer and potential offenders are deterred from criminal behavior.
Abstract: The guide first defines CPTED, as it outlines its four key principles: natural access control, natural surveillance, territoriality and maintenance, and support for positive activity. The next section discusses the rationale for involving children and youth in CPTED. It advises that youth bring insider knowledge of safety issues, a desire to make a difference, an ability to teach their peers, and a variety of skills and talents. Youth will benefit by learning more about crime prevention and the concepts of CPTED as well as strategies they can apply in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. The third section contains three age-appropriate activities that guide instructors in teaching youth about CPTED. The first lesson assists youth in understanding the ways in which the physical environment can make them feel safe or unsafe and introduces them to the four principles of CPTED. The second lesson is a "walk-around" safety search, as the youth apply what they have learned about CPTED and identify features of their school or community that contribute to safety. The third activity guides the youth in developing a presentation to their local city or town council, school board, or appropriate decisionmaking group that has the authority to consider proposed projects that address safety concerns in the community. The concluding section describes projects that are based on the principles of CPTED, along with more detailed information on how to involve children and youth in Neighborhood Watch and community preparedness efforts. 18 resources
Main Term(s): Crime prevention training
Index Term(s): Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) programs; Environmental design; Environmental influences; Youth community involvement
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