CPTED is the acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. CPTED is defined as "the proper design and effective use of the built environment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life." CPTED addresses crime problems through controlling the environment.

CPTED is based on three overlapping strategies:

Natural Surveillance - The placement and design or physical features to maximize visibility. This includes building orientation, windows, entrances and exits, parking lots, walkways, guard gates, landscape trees and shrubs, fences or walls, signage and any other physical obstruction.

Natural Access Control - The use of sidewalks, pavement, lighting and landscaping to clearly guide the public to and from entrances and exits. Also, the use of fences, walls or landscaping to prevent and/or discourage public access to or from dark and/or unmonitored areas.

Territorial Reinforcement - The use of pavement treatments, landscaping, art, signage, screening and fences to define and outline ownership or property.

Program Goals
The goal of CPTED is to reduce opportunities for crime that may be inherent in the design of structures or in the design of neighborhoods. The goal is accomplished through the involvement of CPTED trained law enforcement officers in the planning, development, and design review of community projects.

How does CPTED impact me?
CPTED impacts each citizen by increasing safety, promoting secure environments and improving the appearance of neighborhoods and public amenities. CPTED improves existing services by working with neighborhoods, businesses, community groups and law enforcement.

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