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A design against crime intervention to reduce violence in the night-time economy

Marselle, MR, Wootton, AB and Hamilton, MG 2012, 'A design against crime intervention to reduce violence in the night-time economy' , Security Journal, 25 (2) , pp. 116-133.

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This article describes the research, development, implementation and evaluation of a design against crime intervention aimed at reducing violence against the person offences in Manchester's Gay Village (UK). Research found that violent crime could be understood in terms of the use and design of the environment. Violence against the person offences peaked during the weekend night-time hours, which coincided with heavy footfall on narrow, non-pedestrianised streets. The design solution – to pedestrianise the area during the weekend nights – was implemented by Manchester city council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on a pilot basis. An initial evaluation by GMP analysts suggests that serious violent crime fell by one offence during the pilot period when compared to the month before. A survey of users of the area during the pilot period suggests that the intervention did not increase fear of crime and was well received by members of the public.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design against crime, situational crime prevention, violent crime, pedestrianisation, crime prevention through environmental design,
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Security Journal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0955-1662
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Funders: Greater Manchester Police, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Urban Regeneration Making a Difference
Depositing User: Dr Melissa Marselle
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 09:54
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:28

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