The Solutions Matrix: A Practical Guide to Soft Security Engineering for Architects, Engineers, Facility Managers, Planners and Security Professionals
By Doug Haines, Owner, Haines Security Solutions
Research indicates that we can create environments that reduce crime by using a variety of “social behavior engineering mechanism.”
I hesitate to use the terminology, ‘manipulating behavior,’ however that’s exactly what is happening.
All of the large electronics companies and large retailers are using your data, which you willing agreed to provide when you signed the User Agreement, so that they can harvest your behavior to their advantage.
In other words, to get your money.
If we utilize this same concept, harvest your behaviors so that we can predict it and build the environment so the outcome of that behavior is what we want, neighborhoods, city blocks and other areas that people use will be safer.
City planners, building designers and others involved in developing mitigation strategies will need to embrace other non-electronic, non-aggressive technologies.
One of those technologies is the use of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in the development of neighborhoods.
The concept of CPTED has been around since the ‘90’s and is an effective approach.
Communities that use CPTED principles tend to thrive economically and socially.
The social engineering of the built-environment can be taken even further.
Research is currently underway in Eindhoven, The Netherlands which tracks a person’s movement throughout a pedestrian zone by analyzing which “smells” a person is subjected to as they move through the space.
Researchers ask, “Why do people park in one parking garage and walk all the way over there to get a sweet or why does a person stop and have a cigarette on that park particular bench”?
In Melbourne, a recently installed art project tracks a person’s movement through a simulated ocean to see its effect.
The more movement the more the whirlpools in the ocean are affected.
This “interactive art” actually tells us something about social behaviors.
(Japanese art collective TeamLab has used lighting to create a sea of spiralling whirlpools inside a Melbourne art museum. Courtesy of Dezeen and YouTube.)