DOCAS is a free Christchurch City Council initiative, reporting to the Safer Christchurch Interagency Group.
DOCAS aims to help Christchurch become the safest city in New Zealand by using crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) in rebuild projects and other significant developments.
Developments requiring Resource Consents in the Central City Business Zone are required to consider CPTED. CPTED can add value to your project, without delaying it, while reducing ongoing operating and managing costs.
CPTED looks at the environment in which crime can occur and designs areas to make them safer and more appealing to live or work in. Enhancing features such as landscaping, lighting, outdoor seating and improving lines of sight can eliminate hiding places and make areas safer. CPTED provides the greatest value for the least cost when applied ‘a little bit often’ from the early stages in a design.
All developments can benefit from our free crime prevention design advice and any development (new build or rebuild) that has publically accessible space in it or around it is eligible to use the service.
We can help you from concept through to post-completion, with 'big picture' issues through to small, site specific details.
We can work with you in several ways:
IPTED is a complementary discipline that uses the same techniques as CPTED, but focuses on designing places that reduce the risk of personal injury. We can provide IPTED advice for suitable developments.
We also have some documents and useful links which contain more information on CPTED:
CPTED and the Christchurch rebuild:
Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Annual Symposium held in Christchurch 2015: