ERIC Number: ED266730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
An Environmental Approach to Environmental Health, Occupational Safety, and Institutional Security.
Jones, Kelsey A.
Senior administrators at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) guided the investigation of the college's safety and security. Through interviews, it was found that key concerns were protection of facilities (property), safety/security of university personnel, and the institution's public. An environmental approach to safety and security addressed both the reality and fear of crime. Advanced students in the department of criminal justice initiated an investigation of the quality of life at Forest Creek Aparements designed to involve residents in a comprehensive crime watch program, reduce and deter possible crimes of theft, and assume a shared responsibility for access and surveillance. A focus on the physical setting was designed to engender a feeling of security and freedom of movement. This positive response was expected to promote a shift in self-perception, to erode an internalized image of being the victim in one's own environment. The change in the environment was thought to create a change in attitude that provides initiative to detecting and responding to crime. This environmental approach to security was proposed for UDC. Philosophical views concerning the individual's relationship to the environment were also considered. The interviews identified specific needs concerning security. Interview questions and answers are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Univ., Washington, DC.