City works at crime prevention through environmental design - News - The Prince Albert Daily Herald
As costs for Cities rise, providing crime prevention is becoming harder under normal means. CPTED, provides a more cost effecting method of designing housing, businesses, even shopping malls. Now comes the science of Victimization, that gives even more credence to the use of CPTED.
Victimization, is a Social Science that is not considered by many as Politically Correct. It has been simmering in the back ground since the 1950's and in some respects further back. But since it brings forth the thought that we as victims may have some part in why we became victims. This is not a real PC idea, it always has to be someone else at total fault. Which is true the aggressors are the problem, but lets step back and take a look just for a moment at the attack from the attackers perspective. The attacker does not want to get caught nor hurt, so they have a targeting that tries and keep them from harm, and risk. CPTED plays a big part of this, trying for one to keep areas in sight of the neighborhood. This makes it harder for attackers to set up and do things in private. which means they maybe noticed and caught.
Victimization principals work on a similar method, try to always walk in groups, try and walk down streets and areas that are well lighted. Pay attention to what is going on around you, attackers are looking for people not paying attention, so they can get control of the victim before they can react. all things we can all do to make ourselves less of a victim.
Like CPTED Victimization is not a 100% silver bullet, it at best puts the percentages just a little more in the favor of the innocents and away from the attackers. Unfortunately to many are looking for the silver bullet, and disregard solutions that tilt averages but do not solve all of the problem. We have to get away from this thinking in designing safer places to live, and taking more responsibility for our own actions that may make us safer.