To design products that will make it more difficult and less attractive for criminals to steal, damage or abuse

Home Office Minister Vernon Croaker has announced that four of the UK’s top designers have joined the new anti-crime Design and Technology Alliance.

David Kester of the Design Council, Professor Jeremy Myerson, Professor Gloria Laycock and Professor Lorraine Gamman are all now aligned.

Part of their mandate is to promote the cause for innovative design helping to cut crime by creating products and environments that are unappealing to criminals, and thereby foster safety in people and communities.

Vernon Croaker said "Innovative design has played an important role in driving down crime overall by a third over the past decade. Much of the 51 per cent fall in vehicle crime in particular can be attributed to design improvements such as immobilisers and toughened glass.”