The city of Auckland is changing rapidly and over a million extra people are predicted to call Auckland home over the next 30 years. Greater intensification will have to occur, resulting in positive changes such as better public transport and increased housing. Public safety is of prime importance as Auckland accommodates this growing population.
Public safety, both actual and perceived (how safe someone feels) can be improved with well designed built environments.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a series of principles that can be applied to the design of spaces, places and buildings to help reduce both the incidence and perceptions of crime. This section of the ADM focuses on CPTED design principles of public spaces and how these can benefit Auckland.
Fear of crime can be as important to people's enjoyment of a space as actual crime. This can vary depending on circumstances such as age, gender, or the time of the day or night.
The Crime Triangle Theory identifies 3 factors to be present for a crime to happen: an offender, a victim, and a place. By removing any of the factors in this formula, crime can be prevented. This highlights the role that design can play in terms of shaping places so that fewer opportunities are available for potential offenders to commit a crime. By removing such opportunities, people feel safer and actual incidences of crime can be reduced.