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21st Century Security and CPTED: Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention Hardcover – 27 May 2008

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications (27 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420068075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420068078
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 17.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,261,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the First Edition:

A major guide to CPTED takes up the cause of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. … Each chapter has plenty of references and web links. … Arguably most important is one of the end chapters, on measuring success. … As it’s a hefty book, if well-aimed, it could knock some sense into the heads of builders and contractors.
—Mark Rowe, Professional Security Magazine

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Randall I. Atlas, PhD, AIA, CPP, is president of Atlas Safety & Security Design, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Atlas is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and writer on crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and has worked in these capacities for the National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). Dr. Atlas is a certified protection professional (CPP) with ASIS and is a member and past chairman of the Security Architecture and Engineering Council (SAEC). He is a human factors and ergonomics expert and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). He was a technical assistance consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Drug Elimination Grant Program and has conducted numerous CPTED and infrastructure security audits throughout the United States. Dr. Atlas has contributed numerous articles to the Protection of Assets manual and Access Control & Security Systems, Security Technology & Design, Security Management, Door Hardware Institute, and Parking Today magazines.

Dr. Atlas serves on the National Fire Protection Association 730 Committee on Premises Security, has contributed to NFPA 730: Guide for Premises Security (NFPA, 2006–2012, Quincy, MA), and has served on the ASIS Physical Security Guidelines Committee, developing the Facility Physical Security Measures (2009) publication. Dr. Atlas serves on the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) technical committees F33 on Corrections and Detention Facilities, ASTM E54 Homeland Security Committee, F13 Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear, and F12 Committee on Security Systems and Equipment. He is a member of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners; the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals; National Floor Safety Institute Standards Committee B101 Safety Requirements for Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention; Florida Design Out Crime; and United States Regional Board representative of the International CPTED Association. Dr. Atlas is certified in the Sandia Labs Risk Assessment Methodology RAM-W (Dams), RAM-T (Power) 2002; critical infrastructure and asset protection—ACAM and PCII, April 2010; antiterrorism specialist, Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board, 2010; and is a certified master antiterrorism specialist, Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board, 2010.

Dr. Atlas serves as an expert witness on many premises security cases and as an architectural consultant on large justice architecture projects. He received his doctorate in criminology from Florida State University, a master’s of architecture from the University of Illinois, and has bachelor degrees in architecture and criminal justice from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, respectively.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Cresswell on 4 Sep 2014
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Needed to Address Evolving Crime in the 21st Century 12 Nov 2009
By Severin L. Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Randy Atlas, PhD., CPP, AIA, is likely the most qualified writers and trainers on CPTED, approaching the likes of the past legends of CPTED the likes of Oscar Newman, the late Tim Crowe, etc. While there are many scholars and practitioners that could rise to take the mantle of leadership defining the face of proselytizing for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to the masses, I think Dr. Atlas's book clearly puts him forward as the front runner. Since 1991, Tim Crowe's book, "Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: applications of architectural design and space management concepts" has been the core curriculum for CPTED practioneers, architects, schools, etc; Crowe's book was given an update in 2000. But there have been many improvements, criticisms, and updates to CPTED that have not found their place within one cover until Dr. Atlas released his important contribution to the industry. CPTED is the design or redesign of an environment to reduce crime opportunity and fear of crime. CPTED is achieved through access control, surveillance, and territorial reinforcing strategies that incorporate procedural, mechanical, and natural methods. As CPTED has evolved, several defined schools of CPTED thought have formed that are frequently characterized by the professionals that espouse the school variants; there is a Florida school, an Australian school, and Canadian school of CPTED, and many variations more. Indeed, some scholars, such as Greg Saville, Ph.D. (also a contributor to Dr. Atlas's book), have focused on 2nd Generation CPTED brining even more color analysis to the implementation and thinking that must go into successful application of CPTED strategies and methods. This particular book on CPTED is an important core contribution to the professional security manager's tool kit for reducing crime in specific places. It augments and builds upon the successful work of prior scholars in the field. But Dr. Atlas has done much more than just focus on what CPTED was, or has become. Rather, Dr. Atlas asks the difficult questions, what should we be doing? How shall we adapt to new and changing crime situations? And what about entertaining new ideas about old concepts? Indeed, Dr. Atlas is not afraid of confronting challenges with CPTED theory, but rather meets these challenges head on by inviting guest contributors to his book that bring a collective balance to the presentation of data, theory, and practical applications. In closing, and in fairness the reader, I disclose that I had a very small part to play in the book's production; I am a co-author of one of the 32 chapters of this book, "Chapter 6: Understanding CPTED and Situational Crime Prevention," written by Severin Sorensen, John Hayes, and Randy Atlas. My small participation in this project should in no way discount my review of Dr. Atlas's important work; rather quite the opposite, my own experience with CPTED makes me the perfect reviewer for this important work. It is for this reason that 21st Century Security and CPTED is a must read for security professionals. It will no doubt become part of the core curriculum of CPTED practitioners, architects, police officers, property managers, and security personnel interested in learning how to make the built environment more defensible and safer. The book is a solid contribution to the field, should be in every library of criminology, security management, police studies, and architecture. It is a good read.
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