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SafeGrowth - Crime & the 21st Century City

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SafeGrowth is a neighborhood planning method to cut crime and build safe places. It was created in 2007 by urban planner and criminologist Greg Saville. It is based on the simple concept that most crime is best tackled within cohesive neighborhoods by tapping into local groups and change agents. It employs many tactics including CPTED - crime prevention through environmental design.
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For many years cutting crime opportunities through architecture and urban design has been called CPTED - crime prevention through environmental design. Traditional CPTED includes improving territorial feelings of an area, (such as cleaning it up, making it look like locals care about it, using  flowers, murals, and street furniture to improve it), by controlling access into an area (fencing, landscape hedges, door control locks), and natural surveillance (better lighting, trimming trees to improve sightlines, and locating windows so residents can see. Sometime mechanical methods are used as a last resort to enhance these methods, such as CCTV in public areas.

In recent years the idea of reducing physical opportunity for crime has expanded into 2nd Generation CPTED - reinforcing social motives in places to reduce crime and increasing social motives so people better care for their neighborhood and others. Social strategies include cohesion tactics such as organizing neighbors into groups - such as SafeGrowth Teams - creating cultural activities to bring people together, recreational activities such as sporting events and food festivals, and improving the connective links with other neighborhoods with social networking (to learn from other best practices) and to other levels of government (to obtain resources and grants). 

SafeGrowth is the final prevention crown on the crime cutting jewel. It is about how to plan safe neighborhoods, how to train and organize local groups to develop their own SafeGrowth Plans to tackle problems and measure success, and how to partner with problem-solving police officers to solve persistent crime issues. 

To learn more about SafeGrowth, visit

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