The Utilization of Housing Design in Tackling Insecurity in South West Nigeria


  • Adedeji Afolabi Department of Architectural Technology, The Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti:
  • Opeyemi Daramola Department of Architectural Technology, The Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti
  • Taiwo S. Olanrewaju Department of Architectural Technology, The Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti



Crime prevention, Defensible Space, Insecurity, Situational Crime


Insecurity has increased significantly in Nigeria in the last few decades. With the Nigerian Government seemingly overwhelmed with these challenges, many house owners and occupants are resorting to self-help strategies of various types and approaches. Architectural and urban design is often the first step. This paper explored the adoption of architectural and design strategies in tackling the escalating consequences of insecurity. The paper used secondary sources of data collected from published and unpublished materials as well as online videos. The collected data were analysed qualitatively using logical deduction supported by crime prevention theories such as the theory of defensible space and situational crime prevention theory. Findings revealed that the effectiveness of self-help architectural strategies in tackling insecurity was low due to their improper adoption and individualistic approach.


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How to Cite

Afolabi, A., Daramola, O. ., & Olanrewaju , T. S. (2022). The Utilization of Housing Design in Tackling Insecurity in South West Nigeria. Journal for Environmental Sciences, 1(1), 22–29.