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Crime reduction through product design

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 206

Andrew Lester
ISBN 0 642 24233 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2001


This paper explores the principles, technologies and issues relating to crime reduction through product design. The author outlines current product design technologies aimed at reducing theft and unlawful use, fraud, counterfeiting and copyright infringements, tampering, and graffiti and vandalism. The paper also discusses considerations such as user acceptance, design effectiveness and crime displacement. The author concludes that product design will become an increasingly widespread means of protecting assets and reducing crime.