The Safer Design of commercial and residential areas, is an important issue for local government. These guidelines for the City of Perth address the safer design issues for a high density environment, especially particularly for areas used after dark – entertainment precincts, public transport, public toilets and around vulnerable development such as licensed premises.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is based on four design and usage concepts that can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime and an improvement in the quality of life:
- Natural Surveillance
- Access Control
Council implements these principles through its roles in:
- designing, constructing and managing the public realm;
- advocacy, education and advice;
- acquisition, design and management of Council-owned and occupied properties, businesses and assets; and
- influencing private development activity.
This policy seeks to ensure the most effective application of design principles and guidelines. These aim to reduce the potential for crime in the City by specifying the circumstances in which the established principles of CPTED are to be applied.