18th January 2000

 

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IN CRACKDOWN ON CRIME

 

A series of events designed to raise awareness of crime reduction in new buildings will begin on Tuesday with a development workshop.

 

A collaboration between the Hull School of Architecture and Humberside Police, the ‘Designing Out Crime’ events will feature a national conference, specialist seminars and a new postgraduate qualification offered by the university.

 

Architecture lecturer George Clark is working with the police to help teach those in the construction industry exactly how the design of the built environment can affect crime levels.

 

 The continuing professional development (CPD) workshop takes place at the Police Training Centre on Courtland Road.

 

“The security of people in and around buildings is a major issue which has assumed a high profile in the last few years,” said George.

 

“The way in which the built environment is designed can have a major influence on security, but few designers receive any formal education in that particular area.”

 

‘Designing Out Crime’ will be launched at a national conference to be held on 25th February at the Saville Lecture Theatre on George Street. Also on offer during 2000 will be:

 

·     a new weekend postgraduate course, ‘Security in the Built Environment’, beginning in the first week of February

·     further seminars, courses, lectures and workshops throughout the spring

 

Inspector Mervyn Bishop of Humberside Police welcomed the joint initiative. “All too often criminals are assisted by poor security design,” he said. “Designers of buildings have a unique opportunity to influence crime by building in crime reduction principles at a very early stage.

 

“We look forward to our new partnership with the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in assisting with training and see this as a positive contribution to reducing crime within the community.”

 

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Jez Ashberry, Press Manager. Tel: 01522 886042