Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): An Analysis of Students' Perceptions of Crime and Victimization

Joseph W. Matteen, Valdosta State University
Deborah Mitchell Robinson, Valdosta State University

This paper will present data obtained from a two-stage study. This study replicated a previous study conducted during the Winter Quarter 1997. The first stage consisted of a survey given to students at Valdosta State University during the Spring Semester 2001. This stage examined students' perceptions of crime on campus, their fear of being a victim of crime on campus, and their identification of specific areas on campus they avoid due to fear of being a victim of crime. The second stage involved a physical walk-through of the campus to determine the characteristics of the physical environment in the areas identified by the students as places to avoid. An analysis was completed to determine if the students' avoidance of certain areas on campus could be explained by the CPTED Model.

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