Adapting the Crime Frameworks to the design process

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Generic frameworks for design against crime

Thinking thief

Risk analysis design guide

A more comprehensive overview of the use of Crime Frameworks in design is here in this presentation to designers at Lahti University, Finland:

Security Function Framework

Design Council Guide

Lessons from design, for Crime Science

Early forays into design against crime centred on conveying the principles and practice of situational crime prevention to designers, and the message think thief (e.g. Ekblom 1995, 1997). Since designers are accustomed to ‘user-centred’ approaches this requirement to add the abuser perspective was challenging and to some, distasteful. But the team at the Design Against Crime Research Centre persevered, and the message did in most places sink home.

The following chapter (and associated presentation with Aiden Sidebottom) set out some of the experiences gleaned as ‘a crime scientist fallen among designers’. It reports lessons to take back for crime scientists: draw on design. Issues covered centre on the design process itself; visualisation; discourses, co-evolution and innovation; and dynamics, scripts and script clashes.