Planning guidelines - Designing out crime

The designing out crime planning guidelines are intended to provide local government, government agencies, town centre management, the development industry and planning and design practitioners with an understanding of the principles of designing out.

The planning and design of places, spaces and buildings can assist in reducing crime by the application of improvements to lighting, fencing, landscaping and surveillance of the area from buildings and land use. Peoples’ behaviour, particularly in terms of the possibility of offending, as well as an individual’s perception about their safety, can be influenced by the design of that environment. Good design can reduce opportunities for offending and improve feelings of safety.


Page reviewed 13 September 2021