Crime reduction through product design


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.