Assessing best practice in the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design policy: Case studies of Australia, United Kingdom and Abu Dhabi

  • Sultan Ktebi

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a technique of crime prevention based on the environment theory of crime. CPTED is based on the suggestion that the suitable design and use of facility, and the adjacent areas can reduce the fear of crime and deter crime. Since the 1970’s, different strategies of CPTED have emerged due to crime prevention experiments in various countries. In particular, countries like Australia and the United Kingdom have managed to apply CPTED to manipulate their physical environment resulting in behavioral effects that have increased the perception of safety and reduced the occurrences of certain types of criminal acts. By examining how CPTED policy has been implemented in the UK and Australia, it is possible to establish how this technique of crime prevention can be implemented in Abu Dhabi. This paper does this by first examining three literature domains (public policy implementation, problem-oriented policing policy and policy sustainability) and identifies that there are over a dozen factors essential for policy success, and 5 factors which undermine success. The experiences of the UK and Australia in implementing CPTED are then analyzed. This identified a number of additional implementation factors which were common to both UK and Australia CPTED experience. Using this final list of success factors, Abu Dhabi’s CPTED policy implementation was then examined. This examination found that most of the implementation factors were present in the Abu Dhabi’s implementation. The final section of this thesis recommends that Abu Dhabi’s implementation must be improved to reflect the presence of all success factors and the elimination of all factors that undermine success. A key suggested improvement is to ensure that CPTED policy developers have implementation knowledge and skills.
Date of AwardJun 2014
Original languageAmerican English


  • Crime prevention; Best practices: United Arab Emirates
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom.

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