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USPS Design Services
Security Planning Strategies
It is acknowledged that the built environment has an influence on criminal behavior and the perception of security and safety by the normal users of the space. It is our desire to design in environmental elements which will have a positive impact on security. The following is a list of security planning principles and accompanying design strategies.
Concentric security zones and space transition planning:
Site selection, building clusters, individual building placement and internal configuration of buildings should incorporate the principle of concentric circles of increasing security and overt transition between spaces.
The normal users of the space, observers or visitors to an area, and persons performing security functions for a space, should be afforded the opportunity to observe activities in their environment. The abnormal user should have the perception or reality that their behavior will be observed, while the normal users feel secure knowing others are present.
Natural Access Control
The normal users of the space should be made to feel welcome and secure, while discouraging the entry of undesirable users. Access to the site, parking areas and accompanying structures should be well defined and incorporate a celebration of a sense of arrival.
Territorial Behavior Strategies
Utilize the physical design, signage or other elements to reinforce the sense of proprietorship within an area. The design of a space should reflect the designated purpose and function of the space. Clearly defined defensible space will enhance the users' sense of ownership while at the same time deny criminals anonymity.
The desired users of the space should encounter consistent, well lighted, clean spaces, enhancing their feeling of safety. The designated purpose of the lighting must be properly identified. If the purpose of the lighting is to enhance the security of an area it should be sufficient to support the principles of natural surveillance.