Perceived safety of Muotiala neighbourhood with CPTED planning

Project description

As part of a project called “Safe Neighbourhoods” PPGIS was used to study perceived safety in the city of Tampere in Finland called Muotiala. The planning of Muotiala has been inspired by the CPTED-model (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). Through PPGIS feedback from the residents was gathered about actual perceived safety, sense of community and everyday life infrastructure in the area. The residents localized places of perceived social and traffic dangers, pleasant and unpleasant routes and signs of disorder and care. The results give detailed information to planners how some realizations of CPTED principles, for example, lighting, public space design or light traffic routing are reflected in the residents’ localized experiences and use of their environment.

Research themes

Active living and urban lifestyles

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 1, 2006
  • End date:
    December 31, 2008
  • Location:
    Tampere (Finland)
  • Funded by:
    Finnish Ministry of Environment
  • Objectives:
    The study of perceived safety of a neighbourhood

Project contact

Marketta Kyttä

Aalto University

Team members

  • Sari Puustinen
  • Anna Broberg
  • Jukka Hirvonen
  • Hilkka Lehtonen
  • Maarit Kahila

Participating partners

Related publications

Kyttä, M., Puustinen, S., Hirvonen, J., Broberg, A. & Lehtonen, H. (2008). Turvallinen asuinalue (Safe neighbourhood). Publications of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies B 93. Helsinki University of Technology.

Kahila, M. & Kyttä, M. (2009). SoftGIS as a bridge builder in collaborative urban planning. In Geertman, S. & Stillwell, J. (Eds.) Planning support systems: best practices and new methods, 389-411. Springer.

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