Some of the key requirements of sustainable communities are:

In summary a sustainable community can be described as having good quality local public services, including education and training opportunities, health care and community facilities, especially for leisure; A diverse, vibrant, and creative local culture, encouraging pride in the community and cohesion within it; A ‘sense of place’; The right links with the wider regional, national, and international community.

What are crime reduction, crime prevention and community safety?

Safety and security are essential to successful, sustainable communities. Not only are such places well-designed, attractive environments to live and work in, but they are also places where freedom from crime, and from the fear of crime, improves the quality of life. Yet, for far too long, too little attention has been paid by planners and designers to crime issues. As a result, and historically, there are far too many examples of poor-quality development that has resulted in a costly and long-lasting heritage of the wrong kind. That has changed more recently as public service embraces the principles of CPTED and designing out crime.

The planning system should play a key role in delivering sustainable communities. This article is a prompt for all professionals to think about how the principles of crime prevention might apply in each and every town and city.

Underpinning this article is the contribution which good quality design can make to creating places where people want to live, work, and enjoy themselves in the knowledge that they can do so safely. Whether through new development or the regeneration of an existing area, the thorough consideration of design principles can help improve an area’s security — for both people and property — whilst also enhancing the quality of the local environment. It need not cost more either, and proper investment in the design of a development brings numerous social and economic benefits over its lifetime.

This guide challenges developers, designers and all those who influence the design and layout of developments, to think in a holistic manner about each development. A key principle is that there is no universal solution to every problem. Each location is unique, and so what works in one place may not work in another. It is therefore important that the many professional disciplines work closely together and, when they do, that they pay close attention to the principles and practical details and apply these carefully to meet the needs of the local area.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for using experts on crime prevention, specialist urban designers and other skilled professionals. It is about encouraging greater attention to the principles of crime prevention and to the attributes of safer places. In this sense it is intended as a starting point — as best practice evolves, and local conditions change, planners will always need to build in new local solutions. Public spaces are a barometer of a community. As human beings we respond positively and instinctively to places that are welcoming. Signals Crime Perspective. We want to spend time – and money – in such a community. But all too often, we experience places that are unwelcoming, unkempt and difficult – or even dangerous – to use.

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