Crime prevention by means of urban design tools: the case of İstiklal Neighborhood, Ankara

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The objective of this study is to seek the reasons of both the actual crime and fear of crime on urban streets, to evaluate the relationships between fear and physical attributes and to find out how physical attributes can help to reduce this. The study aims at developing new urban design principles in order to decrease the crime risks for users in historic residential neighborhoods. To do that, the study identifies the risky and unsecure spaces and potential places with high crime rates in Istiklal Neighborhood. The study also explains the relationship between crime and the design of the built environment and the role of urban design tools in reducing the crime rate and creating safer places by the help of this case study, held in Istiklal Neighborhood, Ankara.


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Citation Formats
A. B. Kubilay, “Crime prevention by means of urban design tools: the case of İstiklal Neighborhood, Ankara,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.