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New Blood Entry — Reuben Houfe

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Craft - Animation / 2010

According to the British Crime Survey, in just one year 12.3 million crimes are committed against adults in the UK; that’s 150 crimes every minute.

And, even though only three and a half percent of households have experienced a burglary or attempted burglary in the previous 12 months, half of all people are worried about the threat of burglary.

Crime and the fear of crime are a burden on society, but designing against crime offers a solution…

Design Out Crime is all about the application of innovative design thinking to reduce the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour.

This doesn’t have to mean locks and chains.

By incorporating inherent security into a product, service or environment designers and architects can reduce its vulnerability, limit the opportunities for crime and save on the estimated £60 billion spent on the cost of crime.

Embracing Design Out Crime can help to cut the £2.2 billion crime bill British businesses face every year. A company that promotes Design Out Crime is perceived as socially responsible and its products embody a unique selling point.

Designers must learn processes and techniques that allow them to out-think the criminal.

The power is in your hands.

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