Crime Prevention in Milano!

What I'm really keen to draw your attention to is the very clever fencing. The fencing is very thin, strong, can't be bent. It is see through, and the palings are close together so you can't squeeze through.

CPTED on the High Line in NYC

Hello! Crime prevention principles can be found everywhere! Yesterday I walked along the New York City  High Line, which is a park 30 feet in the air. It's on an old rail line. This park would be absolutely stunning in summer, and was great to walk along in winter to take some Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design... Continue Reading →

Boronia Heights College Vandalism

Hello! A slightly more emotional post from me this week. My old school, Boronia Heights, has been quite badly vandalised since closing at the end of the school year on 2014. I'd like to talk about how and why this happened, although as I have a personal investment in this, it's likely to sound more... Continue Reading →

Clunes Book Festival – The Market Reduction Approach (aka how to stop things getting nicked at a market!)

How do you stop theft or other crowd related activity (i.e. pickpocketing, especially wallets and mobile phones)? One of the answers is spacing. Make sure you give people room to look at items freely, without having to stand close to someone. Shop theft largely occurs due to opportunity - i.e. lack of surveillance (either a shop keeper or CCTV, usually both), an item that's easy to pickpocket, and a split-second decision to take the item. Clues Booktown did this really well.

The Travelling Criminologist travels to….Frankston!

This week the travelling criminologist travelled to….Frankston. Only 35 minutes on the freeway from my house, and is located near the beach. I discovered a brilliant example of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) techniques used by department store Target. While at Frankston shopping centre, which recently went under a rebuild, I trotted past Target... Continue Reading →

So What Exactly is Criminology?

Hello! Welcome back. In this blog post, I thought I’d start with the basics, and talk about what Criminology actually is. This post is inspired by a few messages I’ve received recently, asking from friends how to go about being a criminologist too, so I’ve taken those questions and answered them here. Disclaimer: This was... Continue Reading →

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