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Is your community's design an advantage for criminals?

BVI News Staff - Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 2:22 AM

The Town and Country Planning Department is working with the community to ensure that the environment in which they live is not designed in a way to encourage crime.

Speaking at a recent function of the police where a CCTV Camera was handed over to the Road Town Anti Crime Group, Public Relations Officer of the Police Force, Diane Drayton said, “Town and Country Planning has begun to work with communities in helping to re-design these communities so that crime will not strive in these communities”.

Drayton said the Planning Department came on board to help the police and the communities solve crime because “these communities need to have ideas on how they could rearrange or re-design their communities so that crime is not allowed to continue. There are certain things that draw crime to certain areas, certain designs, roads”.

Chief Planner at the Town and Country Planning Department, Marva Titley-Smith, said she is excited about the involvement of her department in this initiative with the police to curb crime in the society.

Titley-Smith said it all started when she addressed the Rotary Club of Tortola on the need for community involvement in planning communities and in planning spaces.

She said: “The fact of the matter is we in our department can design the most beautiful space and contribute to communities that are designed in such a way that we think is best, but unless there is active participation from communities, unless those spaces are safe for us to enjoy as residents and visitors, then our work would really be in vain, so having said that, you could really see the link that is quite clear.”

The chief planner said people want to feel safe at day and nights and “the initiative, such as the CCTV cameras, to be able to have those in place and the way how our communities have gone overtime, we need to ensure that we can have that presence and that safety when we walk our streets. We want to make sure that the quality of life for Virgin islanders is secure”.

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  1. susana
    March 19, 2012
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    What about putting up street lights at every intersection so the camera could see the activity and us persons could see as well and prevent accidents.

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