Physical security surveys have for many years been an integral component of an overall crime prevention plan for post-secondary institutions. As assessment tools, they highlight vulnerable features of design and environment that could potentially put persons or property at risk. Noticeably absent from a majority of these surveys is input from the constituents (community) that regularly use these complexes as students, employees, residents, or visitors. The perceptions of these users give a differing perspective on how those who may perhaps be most familiar with the institution under scrutiny view potential risks. By merging a physical survey of facilities with stakeholder input, a more comprehensive crime control strategy can be developed and implemented that addresses the needs of both users and administrators. The present research illustrates how such a dual method was undertaken at an urban university and discusses the benefits that emerge when two perspectives are taken into account in developing an institutional security plan.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Safety Research