Keeping Criminals from Acting Criminal

Keeping Criminals from Acting Criminal

Criminals hate lights. It probably has something to do with the fact that they think they’ll get caught. In well-lit areas, there is certainly a higher probability that someone will notice their presence, unwanted activity and report it. After all, that’s what lighting is all about – the ability to assess behavior. If lighting in an area is good then there is a higher probability that people will frequent the space, not because they can see (although helpful) but because they feel safe.

Criminals activity can be effectively reduced and deterred through a process called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is not new; it’s been around since the early 90s. What is new is the effective use of lighting in influencing behaviors. Recent research shows us that “our caveman instincts” can be influenced to a significant degree by the amount of luminosity in our surrounding environment. Natural light tells us when to sleep, wake-up and eat. Artificial lighting can change that to some degree, so we stay up later than we should. It can even affect our mood and change our behavior. Why do you think high end restaurants are dimly lit. It’s not because they don’t want you to see the hair on the plate (well, they don’t want that either, but…) they want us to feel “warm and cozy”, which in turn makes us feel safe. So, when the check comes we’re not in shock. We rationalize, after all it is a nice place. It’s nice because it makes us feel nice. Lighting in the criminals environment is no different; however, subtle lighting has a different effect. It provides an opportunity to hide or conceal intentions. Therefore the same brightness can have two or more very different outcomes. Adequate or the proper use of lighting becomes critical in every environment.

Under sunny skies in southern California we’ll spend 2 full days examining what constitutes light, its physiological effects on humans and how it impacts our senses. We also look at the different types of lights and fixtures, along with some of the pitfalls and common mistakes made when using illumination for security reasons.

The Security Lighting: Influencing Positive Behaviors workshop is open to architects, engineers, consultants, city and neighborhood planners, facility managers and security professionals. Security Lighting: Influencing Positive Behaviors will be conducted in Los Angeles, CA on 2 and 3 August 2017.

Another workshop, being held the day prior, IT Sustainability and Disaster Recovery is a 1-day workshop bringing non-IT geeks together. The 1 August class will focus on how businesses can survive a catastrophic event. The media has reported lately that most businesses and, in particular, small businesses are not likely to survive a disaster or disabling crisis. Small business owners and personnel charged with emergency planning and consequence management will be in attendance. The former New York University, Chief of Security – Information Technologies is the instructor for this workshop.

For both workshops attendees, may bring a project they are working on to class and receive input from their fellow attendees and our subject matter experts/instructors.
ROI Toolkits available. The Toolkit will help you justify to your boss why you need to attend the training.