How our public spaces are designed, used and maintained plays a big part in making people feel safe.
Some of the ways we make public spaces feel safer can be quite simple. For example, making sure areas are well lit, landscaped and clean can go a long way to making spaces feel less threatening.
Holding events like markets, art activities or regular outdoor events in public places can also help discourage anti-social behaviour.
People often feel comfortable in, and are more likely to visit, places which feel owned and cared for.
Crime Prevention Through Environment Design
We design spaces that improve safety and reduce crime using the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
We also encourage new development in public areas to be designed in ways that help prevent crime. This can include things like allowing for clear sight lines and natural surveillance, good lighting, and removing spaces where offenders could hide.
You can read more in Chapter B11 of our Development Control Plan(PDF, 286KB).