This research examines effective urban security in Kurmin-Mashi residential Neighbourhood: making changes for security and crime prevention in urban and suburban neighbourhood. Effective urban security refers to programmes of physical design change, public and private management changes, and use pattern changes that are targeted to a place and its crime problems. The aim of this research is to inform and involve law enforcement officials, urban planners and architects, multifamily housing managers and public housing administration about the diverse array of coordinated environmental design and management strategies that can be employed to reduce crime and fear of crime in housing completes and residential neighbourhoods. The techniques used for this research work is cluster sampling technique. The data collected shows that 36% of the buildings have burglary proof in their windows, 45% have burglary on both windows and doors, 15% has burglary on doors only while 8% has burglary on all opening including balcony. The demographic information obtained showed that Kurmin-Mashi settlement has a household size of 1,288 and population of 13,217. It was gathered that the conspiracy and theft in the study area are mostly compound stealing involving under age young men, while in Kaduna metropolis no information/record was given by the police headquarter but it was said that if there is, it is not always as it is in the study area. The concluded that Insecurity is debilitating to the economic development of the neighborhood. Those who are in authority who claimed to represent the people should listen and follow the aspiration of the wider majority including deepening democratic processes and experiences.

Key Words: Environmental, Planning, Security and Development

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