PurposeRespond to the need for comparative studies on methodologies for implementing Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning (CP-UDP) at local-level, particularly in peripheral Europe where CP-UDP top-down standards have poor dissemination and acceptance. Debate how local partnerships can help reduce crime and how a CP-UDP-based model can be introduced into municipal planning.Design/methodology/approachThe paper discusses the challenge of CP-UDP in the framework of a post-crisis Europe and Europe2020. Because there is a large gap between theory and practice, a lack of a shared holistic approach, and scepticism, or lack of knowledge, of public authorities, at local-level planning professionals and the police have devised bottom-up initiatives based on interdisciplinary partnerships with the community. The paper describes, discusses and compares the implementation of such approaches in Lisbon (Portugal) and Vilnius (Lithuania).FindingsThe paper addresses the processes and challenges of establishing synergies and working relationships between police officers, public officials and the community, and discusses six main causes for its (un)success. When these conditions were met, crime and social constraints have been reduced.Practical implicationsLessons learned are deemed crucial to disseminate knowledge and best practices, paving the way for proper top-down policies and planning legislations in these and other countries.Originality/valueThis paper analyses the potentialities and shortcomings of local-level implementation of CP-UDP strategies as an alternative to failed top-down strategies in two realities mostly unknown of the international scientific community. The case study material is previously unpublished internationally.
Journal of Place Management and Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 11, 2016