Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Testing the veracity of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) in residential neighbourhood crime prevention
Author(s): Sunday Emmanuel Olajide, Mohd Lizam
Abstract: Over the years, the use of penal system (use of police, court and prison) in combating urban crime in general and residential neighbourhood crime in particular has been found to be grossly inadequate as it has failed to meet the required expectation. Hence, one of the alternative measures taken to complement this approach is crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). The aim of this study is to test the veracity of CPTED as a tool for controlling residential neighbourhood crime (RNC). The basic method used in achieving the research’s objective was content analysis through a critical review of existing literature and empirical studies in respect of the subject matter. The result of the findings showed that there were enough practical and theoretical proofs attesting to the desirability of CPTED as a veritable tool in residential neighbourhood crime prevention. This research is making awakening call to developing nations, policy makers and researchers yet to embrace this concept to consider the option as its effectiveness and efficient application would not only reduce crime but also ensure housing sustainability and promote housing investment.