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The Center for Crime and the Built Environment

The Center for Crime and the Built Environment (CABE) focuses on promoting design and planning of buildings, neighborhoods and communities that reduce opportunities for crime, promote safety, and are socially sustainable. In addition, the Center seeks to increase and improve the use of spatial analysis by police agencies as a problem analysis tool.

In meeting its goal, the center focuses on research, evaluation and assistance in the design and planning of buildings, neighborhoods, and communities that reduce opportunities for crime, promote feelings of safety and are socially sustainable. In addition, the Center provides crime mapping assistance to police agencies and is the research and advisory partner for the Secured by Design program.

Major Focuses of the Center:

  • Evaluations of new and innovative design and planning techniques as they relate to reducing opportunities for crime and promoting safety.
  • Research on the planning, design and creation of socially sustainable affordable housing. In particular, to provide research on new and innovative methods to create safe and socially sustainable affordable and public housing.
  • Research on current issues in planning and urban design as they relate to safety and social sustainability. Particular areas of interest include New Urbanism, Transit Oriented Design, Sprawl, and Gentrification.
  • Promotion of innovative crime analysis and crime mapping techniques in local and state police agencies.
  • Continued research and promotion of the Secured by Design program.
  • The use of geosimulation and other advanced techniques for research and analysis of crime prevention, urban design and planning and socially sustainable communities.
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