Design Against Crime: The British Governments Programme to Promote the Design of Secure Products

Mark Bangs, Home Office, London

ABSTRACT
Crime and crime reduction are issues which currently receive little attention from the design profession. However, informed design can be used effectively as tool for reducing crime associated with environments, products and systems, through designing in crime reduction during the initial stages of the design development process.

This paper describes a range of initiatives funded by the British Government to promote the design of secure products and systems. These initiatives operate under the broad heading of Design Against Crime. Initial stages of the work focused on building up an evidence base of the current state of design against crime awareness and activity in design in industry and in education. Subsequent projects have aimed to alert, motivate and empower designers to think about crime when designing products, services and environments and promote innovative approach to tackling crime problems with design solutions.

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Updated 05/20/2006