Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

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."Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Logo

CPTED is based on these three overlapping strategies.

  1. Natural access control
  2. Natural surveillance
  3. Territorial reinforcement

For information send an email to the CPTED Unit.

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.

This goal is accomplished through the involvement of CPTED trained law enforcement officers in the planning, development, and design review of community projects.

CPTED uses various tools to evaluate environmental conditions and utilize intervention methods to control human/criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime.