Eyes On The Street Safer Streets With Natural Surveillance

Overall neighborhood safety is boosted not by high walls and closed fences, but by the sense of surveillance that doors, windows, and balconies provide. Referred to as natural surveillance, crime decreases when there is a feeling that someone may be watching. The “eyes on the street” of buildings should face the street, as opposed to a rear parking lot. Buildings with parking lots should utilize both a parking and front entrance to encourage use from pedestrians. Parking structures should be surrounded by habitable space to assist in the growth of an energetic and secure street scape.

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