How might we lower crime with design?
Fewer people skip the queue when everyone is served instantly. Better design in how quickly people are served leads to less cheating and therefore less punishment. In many cases, citizens have no choice but to break the rules because of bad systems. They are usually the citizens with the least power in society. From this perspective, I think this challenge fits the brief about breaking down barriers creating a more inclusive society. This challenge is about a better design for badly designed systems. Design can solve crime by preventing it from happening in the first place.
Brasilia is a planned city in Brazil where everyone was meant to be equal. The proposed standard of equality hoped that everyone would own a car. Unfortunately, a large percentage of residents are too poor to own a car and have to make their way through the city as pedestrians. With few crossings for pedestrians, there are many jaywalkers and worst of all many people killed every year. In Copenhagen, there are many cyclists and many pedestrians, but unlike Brasilia, the system is well designed for both. The result is far fewer deaths and far less crime. I hope lawmakers, politicians and police forces might realize that good design lowers crime.