A Study on the Relationship of Spatial Planning Aspects in Occurrence of Street Crimes in Dhaka City

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Urmee Chowdhury
Ishrat Islam


Street crime, like mugging and vehicle theft, are the significant crime problems in every developing city of the world. The study area for this research is Dhaka city, which is experiencing an situation of increasing street crime. This research focuses on the relationship between spatial planning and street crimes and tries to recommend different strategies for prevention of crime and violence in the streets of Dhaka city by proposing urban design and infrastructure planning. The study tries to assess the relationship from macro to micro level through different spatial and physical planning components. For the detail level study, four Thana (police station) areas have been selected from Dhaka City Corporation area (DCC) according to their physical layout and other characteristics. In this level, the relationship is studied through the association between spatial layout and different physical planning factors like land use along with some elements of streetscape. Space Syntax methodology was applied to assess the impact of spatial configuration in occurrence of street crime with the selected four study area. In the micro level the study reveals that different types of land use with different design elements lead to change in public activity spaces which have impact on occurrence of street crimes. For the overall research the street crime data (both macro and micro level) of mugging and vehicle theft were collected from the police authority and some insecure places are identified by the local people through field survey. It is expected that the outcome of this research will unveil the impacts of spatial planning on occurrence of street crimes in a city.


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Chowdhury, U., & Islam, I. (2018). A Study on the Relationship of Spatial Planning Aspects in Occurrence of Street Crimes in Dhaka City. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 15, 11-30. Retrieved from https://ph01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/nakhara/article/view/108530
Author Biography

Ishrat Islam, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh


Department of Urban and Regional Planning,

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET),

Dhaka, Bangladesh


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