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DAC in ‘Design Week Hot 50’ 2009

While crime has reduced in the past decade, technology and society has evolved, creating new crime challenges. Design, therefore, has an important role to play in preventing crime and reducing criminal activity. Design Against Crime is an initiative that was first launched in 1999. The Design Against Crime Research Centre was set up in 2001 by Director Lorraine Gamman. It received designation status in July 2005, becoming permanently based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. DAC aims to challenge designers into creating products, services and environments that factor security into their work and make it visually pleasing, as well as crime-proof.