Burglars’ take on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED): reconsidering the relevance from an offender perspective

  • Rachel Armitage
  • Security Journal, April 2017, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1057/s41284-017-0101-6

How important are the principles of design and layout in deterring residential burglars?

What is it about?

We know what we, as academics, think CPTED is and we know how effective we consider it to be. But what do burglars think? This paper explores the perceptions of a sample of 22 incarcerated burglars, asking them to review of series of images of residential housing and to comment on the features that attract and deter them.

Why is it important?

CPTED has been defined and redefined by academics, practitioners and policy-makers, but what voice has been given to the burglar?


Prof Rachel A Armitage
University of Huddersfield

This publication offers a review of CPTED from the perspective of the burglar. It is aimed at those working within the built environment from design through to implementation and management.

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