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Crime and Planning

Building Socially Sustainable Communities

By Derek J. Paulsen

Is your community designed for crime, and are planners unwitting accomplices? This book gives practicing planners the tools they need to help head off crime in their communities.

Published by APA Planners Press with CRC Press , 2012

Format: Hardcover , 205 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-439871-66-9

Quick order code: R71669

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Is your community designed for crime — and are planners unwitting accomplices?

Most planners agree that the built environment can aid criminal activity or obstruct it. But few address community crime effectively in their plans. Why the disconnect? Planners, says author Derek J. Paulsen, underestimate their power to fight crime. Some widely used planning models, such as permeable street networks, may even set the stage for criminal activity.

Crime and Planning gives practicing planners the tools they need to help head off crime in their communities. It provides an overview of crime patterns and shows how they intersect with planning. It makes the case for crime prevention as a key part of sustainability. And it presents success stories of planning techniques that have reduced crime in residential and retail settings. Planners will come away better prepared to play a role in creating safer, more socially sustainable communities.

Click here to read an excerpt from Crime and Planning.

About the Author

Derek J. PaulsenDerek J. Paulsen directs the Center for Crime and the Built Environment at Eastern Kentucky University and researches the impact of urban planning on crime patterns.

He has written two books on crime mapping, Crime Mapping and Spatial Aspects of Crime (2008), and Tactical Crime Analysis: Research, and Investigation (2009), and has been published in Policing, the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, and the International Journal of Police Science and Management.

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