LEADING EXPERTS from the police, local authorities, the lighting industry and academia are set to gather to explore the role that lighting in play in cutting crime and the fear of crime in urban environments.
The special Safer Cities conference is being convened in London in November as part of LuxLive 2018 and it will explore and discuss new research that appears to show a direct link between lighting interventions and a fall in reported crime.
While lighting has long been a tool in the fight against anti-social behaviour, vandalism, crime and suicides in our cities and, crucially, in reducing the fear of crime, increasingly there is an emerging consensus that brighter lighting is not always better; it’s the intelligent application of lighting – both static and dynamic – that is creating the real breakthroughs.
Among the speakers at the event will be former senior Metropolitan Police officers Ann Burroughs and Mark Pollard. Both will explore from their different perspectives - Burroughs is an independent consultant and Pollard is attached to the Designing Out Crime Group of the Metropolitan Police – how architects, designers and local authorities use urban design to passively reduce crime in the public realm. They will look at design strategies such as place-making and social norming to address issues such as alcohol-related crime, product theft hotspots, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
Giving the local authority’s perspective will be Eddie Henry of Hackney Borough Council who will explore trends in urban crime with a focus on spatial dimensions, the socio-economic factors and how local authorities and communities can respond.
Don Slater, associate professor at London School of Economics will reveal his latest sociological research and how it can inform urban lighting design.
The London School of Economics has recently completed a two-year research project which aimed to define a social research approach that nurtures a better understanding of social spaces and lighting design, centred on the lives of people and their communities.
Major lighting manufacturers backing the conference – which takes place on day one of LuxLive, Wednesday 14 November 2018 – include DW Windsor, Holophane, CU Phosco, Cimcon Lighting, Thorlux Lighting and WE-EF. Entry is free to local authorities, specifiers and independent designers, consultants and those responsible for outdoor urban lighting. See the full programme, and details of the seven other conference streams HERE.
- The Safer Cities conference is one of a range of events taking place as part of the LuxLive 2018 exhibition at London ExCeL. The show is open on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. See the full programme HERE.