Better designed home and vehicle security have decreased levels of burglary and vehicle crime across Europe (International Crime Victimisation Survey, 2004/5)—demonstrating the value of designing against crime to users of urban environments, such as residents, workers and shoppers, and to policy makers concerned about social and economic decline. Fear of crime and feelings of insecurity, however, remain serious problems and negatively impact on citizens’ quality of life.

Secure Fit, comprising presentations, discussions and breakout sessions, will explore design-led crime prevention methods being adopted by planners, designers, developers, local authorities and crime reduction experts across Europe. Secure Fit will demonstrate how design decision-makers can address crime and related social issues within the planning, design and development process, and will launch the Design Against Crime Xchange Tool, to be published in October.

Who are the speakers?
  • Paul van Soomeren is Co-founder of DSP-groep BV, a large Netherlands-based research consultancy specialising in urban planning, design and crime prevention. Paul will talk about how design and planning can successfully reduce fear of crime and feelings of insecurity.
  • Armando Jongejan is Information Manager at Politie Noord-Holland Noord. Armando will discuss the lessons that can be learned from the development and implementation of the Dutch accreditation scheme for residential dwellings—Police Label Secure Housing. Changes in ownership and delivery mean that this scheme now differs significantly from the UK police initiative, Secured By Design.
  • Dr Günter Stummvoll is Researcher at the Centre for Criminological Research in the Institute for Law, Politics and Justice at Keele University. Günter was previously Research Associate at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology in Vienna, and will discuss the research he has undertaken into the development and delivery of crime prevention in Austria.
  • Mike Hodge is Head of the Architectural Liaison Unit at Greater Manchester Police (UK). Mike will talk about the development of the “Manchester Model” for delivering crime prevention design advice. A new Design for Security service has been established by GMP to better integrate crime prevention within the design, planning and development processes. This sustainable service builds on UK efforts to incorporate crime prevention into the development of the built environment, and is being considered by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for national application. Further developments on this initiative will be discussed at the event.
  • Dr Caroline Davey and Andrew Wootton, Directors of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre, will demonstrate how crime and related social issues can be addressed though building design, planning and development processes. They will introduce the Design Against Crime Xchange Tool—detailed guidance on how to adapt design-led crime prevention approaches to specific European contexts. This will be followed by a break-out session that explores innovative, design-led approaches to combating fear of crime and ways of integrating different strategies within practical design solutions.

Who should attend this event?
  • Representatives of local authorities / municipalities (especially those involved in: Planning, Environment, Regeneration, and Community well-being)
  • Planning Officers
  • Architects and urban designers
  • Crime prevention professionals
  • Police authority chairs & members

Registration cost

Registration for this event, including lunch and refreshments, will cost £40 (€50). However, we are pleased to be able to offer the first 60 places free of charge.