Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design


As Crime Prevention is a growing priority in all communities, we are tasked with the challenge to do all that we can to avoid opportunistic crime. Today, tools are available to help make our environments safer. One of the best tools available in reducing or eliminating opportunistic crime is Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).

CPTED involves process driven, core principles coupled with additional components and training that bring a unique awareness to an environment. The proper application of CPTED is aimed at mitigating factors that exist in the environment in an effort to reduce existing and potential crime opportunities. Crime prevention has become a community driven public health issue. It is important for all of us to do everything we can to mitigate opportunistic crime.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies are ideal for Law Enforcement Officers, City Planners, City Managers, City Council Members, Architects, Security Consultants, Educators, County Commissioners, Housing Authorities, Shopping Mall developers, State Agencies. Anyone involved in designing safer buildings, schools, downtown areas, private and public partnerships, revitalization efforts or neighborhood and residential plat development and redevelopment, will benefit from a CPTED based approach.

CPTED training continues to evolve with many new and exciting uses and applications. Using the best practices of the nation’s most skilled crime prevention specialists, honing their skills to identify potential crime risks, hot spots, and safety threats in our immediate surroundings and throughout our communities is becoming the new standard. CPTED is an important tool in any community capacity building strategy.

FMIS.US   2019

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