Design Council crime report

Designers are inadvertently fuelling crime by not paying enough attention to security measures for consumer products, according to a Design Council report launched today.

Cracking Crime Through Design calls on design to play a greater role in reducing crime. It asserts that a large proportion of crime is opportunistic and most products are designed in a way that makes theft easy.

The Design Council recommends that designers work with clients, consumers, police and educators to tackle crime and to establish best practice.

Cars are praised as a model for crime-reducing design: car crime is down by around a third, because security is a key consideration in the design process.

The report suggests incentives for crime-resistant design, such as Government-enforced taxation and regulation, tighter product standards and “naming and shaming” initiatives.

The report also suggests that measures should be introduced to identify “hot products” which are linked to volume crimes, such as mobile phones.

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