Make the Most of Murals

Here’s how one Hawaiian school fights crime and reduces fear.

Though it is well established that murals can help to reduce crime and the fear of crime, it is easy to miss the added impact that murals reflecting unique local and regional aspects of a community can have. This mural from a K-12 school in the North Shore region of Oahu, Hawaii is an excellent example.  The school is located within 200 yards of the beach and this mural reflects the love of nature that is so important in Polynesian culture. 

Taking the time to connect the themes for murals can create added value to the crime prevention benefits of murals.  Creating a greater connection between people and place has been shown to be an effective tool for improving security while also offering additional benefits such as improved school climate and support for education.

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About the Author


Michael Dorn serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International, a global non profit campus safety center. During his 30 year campus safety career, Michael has served as a university police officer, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He served as a school system police chief for ten years before being appointed the lead expert for the nation's largest state government K-20 school safety center. The author of 25 books on school safety, his work has taken him to Central America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Michael welcomes comments, questions or requests for clarification at [email protected]. Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety magazine.

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