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The good, the bad or the ugly? What will the new planning out crime guidance be like and what should it be like?

Kate Moss (Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University)

Safer Communities

ISSN: 1757-8043

Article publication date: 1 January 2003

Abstract

In December 2001 the then Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR but now currently the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, hereafter referred to as ODPM) issued the tender document it had promised for the review and update of 5/94 Planning Out Crime (Home Office, 1994) The specification was for good practice guidance on planning out crime to be written within 6 months. Notwithstanding this exercise, the writer contends that in the face of the research, literature, legislation and expertise in relation to designing out crime, papers issued by ODPM and the form of the tender document itself demonstrate that it remains uncommitted to many of the accepted principles of design‐against‐crime and to the cross‐cutting crime reduction obligations of the police and local authorities under the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act. The author anticipates that this lack of commitment may be evident in the forthcoming revised planning out crime guidance and suggests possible approaches to this potentially influential document.

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Moss, K. (2003), "The good, the bad or the ugly? What will the new planning out crime guidance be like and what should it be like?", Safer Communities, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 15-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/17578043200300004

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