Leon is Principal of Harris Crime Prevention Services (Harris) and has been a security consultant for over 20 years. His professional interest is in crime prevention for community based organisations, government and corporate.
Leon’s experience in crime prevention by design across a range of urban contexts and projects including retail, commercial, entertainment and sports centres, public domain, residential, hospitals, independent schools, retirement villages, research facilities, university campuses.
The Harris vision acknowledges the value of architecture, engineering and technology in providing ‘a welcoming and safe place’ in these contexts.
His ongoing research and study into crime prevention contributes significantly to the formation of a knowledge base which offers a proven platform for clients to achieve best practice, including standards compliance and accreditation.
Leon was a Standards Australia committee member for the recently republished Standard AS 4485: 2021 parts 1 & 2 Security for health care facilities. He was previously a committee member for AS 4083 Planning for emergencies – Health care facilities.
Leon holds memberships with the Security Providers Association of Australia Ltd (SPAAL), Research Network for a Secure Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM). He holds a Security Consultant’s Licence.
Geoff is a senior associate of Harris, has been a security consultant for over 30 years and is the the Principal Consultant of Harris Security Management. Projects have included risk assessments, security reviews and audits, security and criminological research, emergency management planning and audits, expert witness reports, security policy and security contract specifications development and crime prevention through environmental design.
Geoff provides expert witness evidence in court proceedings involving (criminal and civil) claims of duty of care failure (against property owners/occupiers, security contractors and employers).
He is a member of a number of respected professional bodies including the Research Network for a Secure Australia, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and the Insurance Surveyors Discussion Group. Geoff is also a member of a number security and emergency related Australian Standards Committees including ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ AS 3745:2010 and amendment, as well as AS/NZS 4421:2011 ‘Guard and Patrol Security Services’. He holds a Security Consultant’s Licence.
Don is a senior associate of Harris. Over a 20 year period at the University of Western Sydney, he was a Principal Lecturer in Social Administration, an Associate Professor in Criminology and Director of the University’s Australian Centre for Security Research, Don also developed and managed the UWS Bachelor of Policing course and courses in aviation and mining security. He has presented at national crime prevention forums run by NSW Police and other organisations and has participated at UN crime prevention conferences.
Specifically, Don is concerned about the crime prevention dynamics between built form and the public domain. He has worked on crime prevention projects for state and local government, community and corporate organisations, specifically incorporating security (crime prevention) design into the concept planning and architectural documentation stages of large CBD commercial, mixed-use developments, campus environments. Don holds a Security Consultant’s Licence.