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Citation

Shariati A, Guerette RT. J. School Violence 2019; 18(4): 570-584.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/15388220.2019.1617721

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

One practical, yet less touted, approach to school safety is the use of security provisions that conform with the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Beyond preventing crime, the approach offers the potential benefit of improving perceptions of safety among campus occupants which is important for revenues and establishing effective learning environments. Although CPTED has shown promise in reducing crime elsewhere, research has only begun to empirically assess the extent to which it is compatible with campus facilities and whether it improves students' safety perceptions. This study reports on a quantitative comparative assessment of student (N = 100) safety perceptions from two, differently designed residential facilities on a large public research university in the Southeastern United States.

FINDINGS indicate that residents of the high CPTED facility had higher safety perceptions than the low CPTED facility's residents. Site observations supported differences between design features of the two facilities.


Language: en

Keywords

campus safety; CPTED; crime prevention through environmental design; fear of crime; Perception of safety; school design; school safety

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