Many cities have used spikes on ledges and other spaces to prevent (usually homeless) people from sleeping or sitting on them.
Design principles, known as 'crime prevention through environmental design', are used all over the world to make cities safer. But some of these principles can be discriminatory and hostile.
Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a busy Melbourne park - how can we make these spaces safer for women?
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Australia has guidelines for designing safe parks, but the stories of many women show these are not enough. We must involve women in co-designing these shared public spaces.
CCTV cameras are becoming a “normal” feature of public life, tracking peoples’ movements as a matter of course.
As CCTV cameras become more widespread, it's becoming more difficult for people to protect their locational privacy in public.
Keeping up appearances at the Gold Bar in Subiaco, Perth.
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Ultimately, most regulatory interventions in nightlife precincts are about imposing particular ideas of social and moral order not only within these spaces but also in the city more broadly.
Police march down Swanston Street in Melbourne.
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Security in cities can make some people feel safe while excluding others. New ways of planning and policing public space are needed to ensure cities are safe and accessible for all.
The White Night festival is an example of Melbourne’s efforts to promote itself as a convivial city.
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Australian cities generally minimise negative attributes such as crime, segregation and violence, but developing positive attributes such as inclusivity appears more challenging.
It’s important to young Australians to be able to walk and feel safe while doing so.
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The benefits of walking are widely promoted, but most Australian communities still aren't walker-friendly. Young people, who rely heavily on walking to get around, are clear about what has to change.
Lynx on the loose.
Ceredigion County Council in Wales claims it had no choice. What do the experts say?
The clock change's impact on commuter numbers highlights the need to use street lighting more effectively.
Private security guards secure Uber offices in Parktown, a suburb of Johannesburg. Its drivers are constantly under attack.
The future of private security is beset by many challenges and what forms of regulation would be required to align it with the public interest.
Men and women have starkly different experiences of public transport as they travel around the city.
Most women feel unsafe when using public transport. Instead of gender segregation, researchers suggest gender-sensitive design could be a better way to ensure safety for all.
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health.
A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
In El Salvador, the dead are almost innumerable, but not forgotten.
Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
Bricks, laid out in front of Congress, represent the staggering number of Brazilians killed each week.
Some 60,000 Brazilians are killed each year, accounting for 10% of all homicides worldwide. As terrorised voters look to authoritarian leaders to impose order, Brazil's democracy hangs in the balance.
It’s almost impossible to adequately protect soft targets like public gatherings.
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Because physical security can only do so much, communities have a role to play.
It took just one man and a truck to kill dozens of people in Nice. We could still do more to make public spaces safe.
Women in Tokyo can go it alone.
Don't dismiss the idea of women-only carriages. It might help.
When you’re at the beach this summer be aware of the dangers of the rip.
On average 21 people drown each year in rip currents on Australian surf beaches. This value exceeds the long-term annual average of fatalities caused by bush fires, floods, cyclones and sharks combined…
Technology with the ability to “talk” to structures such as bridges and aeroplanes will assess them for damage, ultimately…