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Crime experience and safety perception in gated and non-gated communities in Malaysia : case studies from Kuala Lumpur metropolis

Mohit, Mohammad Abdul and Abdulla, Aishath (2012) Crime experience and safety perception in gated and non-gated communities in Malaysia : case studies from Kuala Lumpur metropolis. In: 2nd International Conference - Workshop on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design 2012, 3 - 5 march 2012, Penang, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Problem Statement: Property crimes in residential areas has become a concerning issue in Malaysia. Environmental design based crime prevention theories such as defensible space, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and 2nd generation CPTED have recommended to construct gates and fences as target hardening techniques in the residential areas to prevent crimes. However, this concept has generated several issues, including the safe environment they offer. Approach: Thus, this paper aims at examining the safety perception of the people in gated and guarded neighbourhood vis-â-vis non-gated and guarded neighbourhood. Two low middle income housing communities – a gated and guarded community (GC) and a non-gated and guarded community (NGC) were chosen for the study. Result: Relationship between residents’ crime experiences and perception of safety were studied in both communities and it was found that crime rates are higher in the GC than in the NGC and this indicates that GCs are not safer than NGCs. Conclusion: Based on the findings, the study comes up with several recommendations in order to enhance safety perceptions of low-middle income apartment communities in Kuala Lumpur.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3631/27798
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low-middle income housing, safety perception, crime experience, gated and guarded community (GC), non-gated and guarded community (NGC).
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT51 Human settlements. Communities
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: leenawati razali
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 15:34
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2012 15:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27798

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