Environmental Manipulation and Crime


EnvironmentalManipulation and Crime

EnvironmentalManipulation and Crime

Awarenessplays a significant role in ensuring that the control of crimes isaccomplished as per the set targets. Besides coming up with andimplementing effective strategies for controlling crimes, theconception of the idea about the assumed actions against criminals isequally important. Criminals are discouraged through the views ofeither other people regarding the current measures or when faced withthe effects. The criminals operate in networks and therefore whenthere are effective measures against crime in one place, the messagecan be spread to the nearby area making them move further. Both thepolice and the public know the criminal cases and their measures(IACA, Madensen, &amp Balboni, 2015). Criminals move to furthestplaces where there are minimal interferences by the patrol of thepolice and thus reduce crime cases in the nearby area. The criminalsequally access the social sites (Das &amp Sahoo, 2011).

Thenatural surveillance is one of the ways of environmental manipulationthat can be used to control crime rates in the public areas. Thetechnique aims at increasing the chances of identifying thecriminals. Some of the practices include opening the window shadesand designing them to face outside or the parking area. The criminalscan be seen through the window shades. Construction of transparentvestibules at the entry points, placing the lighting along thestreets as well as designing curved streets is other natural methodsof surveillance. These methods enhance the visibility of criminals’thereby discouraging criminal acts. The designs in the structure ofthe community help minimize crimes (Graves, 2011).

Theenvironmental manipulation technique works efficiently in controllingcrimes. For instance, criminals tend to avoid visibility. Therefore,when enhanced, they tend to stay away from these areas. However, somecriminals like terrorists are minimally discouraged by visibility.Studies have revealed that design manipulation also helps reducecrimes (Won &amp Choi, 2012).


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