Another situational crime prevention strategy is removing access to a target. This may take two forms:
- Controlling or preventing access of an individual to a specific area; or
- Removing or replacing a potential target
The former might involve the introduction of an entry-phone system or combination lock to a block of flats, while the latter might include the replacement of coin-operated public telephones with card-operated ones, hence denying the offender access to the coins. More ominously, in some high-crime countries, gated neighbourhoods have began to emerge that are fenced off, with private security officers guarding entrance (Blakely & Snyder, 1997).