Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), also known as Design Out Crime, is based on the fundamental idea that the proper design and management of the physical environment can deter crime in a specific area. It is based on CPTED principles:
Criminal activity tends to be reduced when the perpetrators perceive a risk of being observed.
Natural Access Control
Design strategies that decrease the opportunity for crime by increasing the effort required to approach a target.
Clear definitions of boundaries separate public spaces from private spaces and establish a sense of ownership.
Property is maintained to eliminate the “broken window” factor in the environment.
I am one of the instructors for the National Institute of Crime Prevention, the premier training group for CPTED on a national and international basis. They offer basic and advanced courses leading to a CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) as well as specialized topics such as CPTED for schools. Their training calendar is available on the NICP website. If you need to attend a class or set up on-site training for your group, contact Art or Joelle Hushen and tell them Jay sent you!
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