Award Date

Spring 1998

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger, Assistant Professor University of Nevada Las Vegas

Number of Pages



Many case studies have been published that report a decrease in crime as a result of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Although methodologies and results of some studies have been questioned, there is agreement that the designed environment can influence human behavior.

Data in this study were accumulated by the investigation of a local mall. Mall management and head of security reported a decrease in all types of crime after improving and adding security measures for customers and store employees. My hypothesis was the mall provided a high number of CPTED features which would result in a low number of police calls for service. Police calls for service from 1995 through 1997 and CPTED elements were analyzed. Results indicated a decrease in the number of police calls for service at the mall. The conclusions was that customers and store employees at the mall feel safer due to added and improved CPTED-like features.


Crime prevention and architectural design; Las Vegas (Nev.); Nevada; Shopping malls security measures


Architecture | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Environmental Design | Legal Studies | Place and Environment | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology | Urban Studies and Planning

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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