CHEE6420 Safety and Risk Management
It creates a friendlier environment as it incorporates the hard and soft architecture of the entire premises
As this building is meant to be used as a recruitment centre, greenery will create a perception of trust and friendliness.
It creates a more inviting environment for people to come and apply for the various job openings at HTRC
However, greenery should be strategically placed.
It should not cause obstruction or disruption to operations.
Bushy or thick and tall plants should not be used as this might cover the line of sight for security personnel manning the ground.
Instead, they use of uniformed planter boxes is recommended.
It can be strategically placed and shifted as needed depending on on-site operations or requirements, and it does not cause obstruction and will not be an eyesore to members of the public.
Specific CPTED Strategy
Allow for a clear line of sight
Ascertain the desired sightline of vision in terms of both breadths
The inability to see what is ahead due to corners, walls, fences, etc. can result in one feeling unsafe
Planning the layout to ensure a clear line of sight is a critical aspect of safety and security
Adequate or sufficient light
The provision of sufficient lighting is necessary for people to see and to be seen.
Poorly lit areas may create the opportunity of a crime to happen such as pickpockets or petty theft – stealing of displayed item on the shelf
Having the basic level of lighting can assist in facial identification from a distance of about 10 metres
Recommended to use motion sensor lighting
Minimise concealment and isolated routes
Minimise construction of long walkways as these tend to have only point A to B entry/exit point
Instead, plan walkways along with multiple rooms or exit ways
Entrapment areas in a building setting are typically lifts, stairwells or dark recessed entrances
This can be avoided by building a transparent elevator to minimise possible lift attacks and eradicate fear as the lift can be seen from the outside.
Instead of having a wall up the layout to reduce fear of isolation, erect glass walls or adopt an open concept office layout
Promote land use mix
A balanced land use mix is essential for environmental, economic, aesthetic, and safety reasons
Mixed uses must be compatible with one another to utilise the use of space fully
Use of activity generators
Plan various fairs, shows, or activities to promote the use of space to reduce opportunities for crime
Creating a sense of ownership through maintenance and management
Giving ownership for a space gives the person a sense of responsibility to maintain the area and ensure the place is safe. This is an additional layer of security that works along with the existing security protocol.
Provide signs and information
Providing adequate signage which is easily understood is essential. Having signage or maps will lessen fear or confusion for visitors as they are aware of their exact location and where to head to the nearest exit in case of an emergency
Well designed, strategically located signs and maps contribute to a feeling of security
Improve overall design of the built environment
The design and management of the environment influences human behaviour
A barren, sterile place surrounded by security hardware will create a climate of fear whereas
A vibrant and beautiful place conveys confidence and care.