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Design Against Crime: Crime Proofing Everyday Products

Paul Ekblom, editor
Design Against Crime: Crime Proofing Everyday Products
ISBN: 978-1-58826-813-6
ISBN: 978-1-58826-940-9
2012/293 pages/LC: 2011040091
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 27
"Provides the reader with a rich overview of the theory and process used to design products against crime."—Roy Fenoff, Criminal Justice Review

"Few books on crime really help to reduce it. This book is an exception. It offers practical ideas for future crime reduction projects, while evaluating existing projects and how to improve them."—Marcus K. Felson, Texas State University


From bicycle stands configured to prevent theft to pharmaceutical packaging that thwarts counterfeiters, the authors fuse crime science and design practice to point the way forward for a new generation of crime-proofed objects used in everyday contexts.


Paul Ekblom is professor and associate director of the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.


  • Foreword—Ken Pease.
  • Introduction—P. Ekblom.
  • The Security Function Framework—P. Ekblom.
  • Embedding Crime Prevention Within Design—A. B. Wootton and C.L. Davey.
  • Making a Brave Transition from Research to Reality—R. Armitage.
  • A Market Approach to Crime Prevention—G.R. Newman.
  • Designing Against Bicycle Theft—A. Thorpe, S.D. Johnson, and A. Sidebottom.
  • Designing a Counter-Terrorism Trash Bin—R. Lulham, O.Camacho Duarte, K. Dorst, and L. Kaldor.
  • Packaging Against Counterfeiting—L. Segato.
  • Reducing Handbag Theft—P. Ekblom, K. Bowers, L. Gamman, A. Sidebottom, C. Thomas, A. Thorpe, and M. Willcocks.
  • Supermarket Carts to Reduce Handbag Theft—A. Sidebottom, P. Guillaume, and T. Archer.
  • Slowing Thefts of Fast-Moving Goods—M. Gill and R.V. Clarke.
  • Conclusion—P. Ekblom.