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Design against crime : a human-centred approach to designing for safety and security

Davey, CL; Wootton, AB



Rachel Cooper


Design Against Crime will aid the design profession to meet the challenges presented by the competing needs and complex systems around crime and security. It proposes that designers should use their creative talents to develop innovative solutions to security problems that contribute to the ongoing fight against crime.
The authors first explain the Design Against Crime approach to safety and security. They go on to provide practical advice on addressing crime and insecurity within the design process and offer practical examples of design being applied to safety and security problems. They also examine crime victimisation from a global perspective, highlighting the benefits worldwide of reducing opportunities for crime, including issues of national security, such as terrorism.
A design-led, human-centred approach provides a way forward that is both aspirational and practical. The book is aimed primarily at design professionals, educators and students interested in safety and security, from all design disciplines, including product design, architecture, service design and communication design. The book should also be read by crime prevention experts, planners, local authorities, managers of urban environments and policymakers.
Dr Caroline L. Davey and Andrew B. Wootton are founders and Co-Directors of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre at the University of Salford, UK.
Caroline is a qualified Organisational Psychologist and Reader in Design, Innovation & Society in the School of Arts and Media.
Andrew is an Industrial Designer and is Senior Research Fellow in Human-Centred Design in the School of Arts and Media.


Davey, C., & Wootton, A. (2017). R. Cooper (Ed.), Design against crime : a human-centred approach to designing for safety and security. Abington, Oxford: Routledge.

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2017
Publication Date Feb 21, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2017
Publisher Routledge
Series Title Design for social responsibility series
ISBN 9780754645016-(hardback);-9781315576565-(ebook);-9780367669904-(paperback)
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