ULI Memphis News

Urban Planning Practice Shows How Design Can Combat Crime

By Madeline Faber

What if, instead of piling on security guards and higher fences, developers combatted crime through design?

That’s the theory behind Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, an urban planning practice that studies how the built environment impacts social behavior.

At a Thursday, Nov. 12, meeting of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter, Brandon Gaitor, special projects manager with blight-fighting group Neighborhood Preservation Inc., talked about the subconscious cues that lead a person to commit crime.

“So many messages are sent from the language of your property,” said Gaitor. “We’re not going to be able to completely stop all crime, but we can control where it occurs.”

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