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Natural Surveillance

The design improves natural surveillance by allowing for a clear view from the interior to the exterior of the building. This can be achieved by incorporating larger windows and reducing obstructions to the line-of-sight. This discourages crimes by increasing the likelihood that someone will be able to see what is happening.

Natural Surveillance

Lighting

The design features improved lighting, which eliminates dark areas where people could hide. This discourages crime by eliminating dark areas with poor visibility.

Lighting

Territoriality

Territoriality means using features to clearly differentiate between public, private and semi-private spaces. This discourages trespassers. It is more appropriate for uses with specific user groups, such as offices and residences. This can be achieved by using a different ground treatment to indicate private/semi-private space, using low fencing or vegetation to frame the space without obstructing visibility or by using a sign to indicate appropriate users.

Territoriality


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Last updated: 2/26/2016 3:45:48 PM