Crime prevention through building is not a new concept, but awareness
of it has increased following the rising incidence of crime. This
thesis is based on research conducted during the last two years, and from information and knowledge gained by the author from forty years
of architectural practice.
The research began with a review of published material which mainly
concentrated on social influences and "target hardening" methods but
did not address the fundamental interface between building form and
susceptibility to criminal attack. In parallel, interviews were
conducted with a structured sample of people specially selected for
their experience of crime against buildings; building owners, police
officers, security experts, architects, researchers, insurers,
victims of crime and inner-city residents. A case study, made with
the co-operation of Nottingham University and the West Midlands
Police Authority, was based on an inner housing estate in Nottingham. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.