“Innovative design has played an important role in driving down crime overall by a third over the past decade. Much of the 51 per cent fall in vehicle crime in particular can be attributed to design improvements such as immobilisers and toughened glass.”

Home Office Minister, Vernon Coaker

An independent Alliance of design experts from product and manufacturing, built
environment and service design sectors will raise the profile within industry of how
innovative design can tackle crime. They will work with the Home Office , as part
of the launch of the 2007 crime strategy, to embed the message that design can
have a real impact on cutting crime by making it harder and less attractive for
criminals – in turn making people and communities feel safer. It is one part of a
renewed focus on designing out crime in the Government’s new Crime Strategy
led by Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary. See Cutting Crime (pdf)

The Alliance includes:

  • Sebastian Conran, Director Conran & Partners
  • Lorraine Gamman, Professor and Director of the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, University of the Art London;
  • David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council
  • Gloria Laycock, Professor and Director of the UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science
  • Joe McGeehan, Professor of Communications Engineering and Director of the Centre for Communications Research in Bristol University’s Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Jeremy Myerson, Professor of Design Studies and Director of the Helen HamlynCentre at the Royal College of Art
  • Ken Pease, Professor of Criminology, Loughborough University
  • John Sorrell, Chairman of CABE (Commission for Architecture and the BuiltEnvironment)
  • Paul Stephenson, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
  • Michael Wolf, Co-founder of the brand consultancy Wolff Olins
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Designing Out Crime

Jacqui Smith, The Home Secretary, is interested in identifying creative strategies to help design out crime and has set up a Design and Technology Alliance to help make this happen.

What have you got to say, on key issues of the day, about best ways of designing out crime?
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