Manipulating permeability as a process for controlling crime: balancing security and sustainability in local contexts

The theories and evidence associated with permeability and crime are reviewed. Pedestrian access ways (PAWs) are often associated with crime and research which was directed at providing practical guidance to local governments on how they could better manage existing PAWs in Western Australia is reviewed. A morphological analysis of existing PAWs was undertaken which analysed the purposes, roles, functionality, users and dynamics of PAWs in a variety of different settings. In addition to crime (which had commonly been used as an excuse to close PAWs), the research considered issues such as amenity, walkability, equity and sustainability. A suite of five tools for assessing and reducing crime risk was developed, which attempts to balance security and sustainability issues. Contrary to assumptions, most PAWs were not subject to high levels of crime and many were vital to the community. Intriguingly, the findings indicate that neighbourhood permeability can potentially be manipulated (via the management, closure or construction of new PAWs) to achieve the desired outcomes of reducing crime and of enhancing walkability, liveability and ultimately, the sustainability and well-being of communities


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 346-65
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 35
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Alexandrine Press
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:24PM