Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

This innovative 16-hour course is for both law enforcement professionals and citizens. CPTED seeks to combine the efforts of law enforcement with city planners, architects, traffic engineers, lighting technicians, landscape designers and human behavioral experts, to better understand opportunity-based crime and "design out" factors that attract opportunistic criminal behavior. Truly understanding the opportunistic criminal and simultaneously reinforcing and "designing in" those environmental factors that comprise a desirable quality of life have resulted in simple and understandable principals that have redefined crime prevention as an integral part of the total 21st-century policing package.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the concerns and functions of different professional fields and the results of their input, both positive and negative, on a subject environment.
  • Develop a global perspective of an environment and a comprehensive plan to positively impact it rather than engaging in random acts of improvement and counterproductive, short-term "feel-good" solutions.


Course Topics:

  • Recognizing the "War On Crime" for what it really is; perception IS reality; more fear equals more money, and, most importantly, how the law enforcement professional can be effective, productive and successful by understanding that all solutions fall into a blend of three basic crime prevention strategies. Looking beyond the "Criminal Event" into the real issues. Determining the goal of human activity and function of the environment, by examining the "3Ds" (Designation, Definition and Design).
  • What is CPTED, anyway? What it means to "naturally control" opportunistic behavior, along with three basic principles and their application (Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement and Surveillance).
  • CPTED applications in different environments: Neighborhoods, Shopping Centers, Schools, Corporate ... Retrofitting CPTED into the existing built environment.
  • Traffic-related issues: "Traffic Calming, "street closures, cut-through traffic, etc. What are your options? The effects of traffic flow and roadway designation on a residential and business community, and why it is very important to always be nice to your Traffic Engineer.
  • Light source types and the advantages/drawbacks of each. The effects of light and color on human behavior. How much light is enough in different lighting application schemes?
  • Recognizing "Zones of Transition" and understanding the function and placement of zones, including "Run Like Hell Zones", "Twilight Zones" and "End Zones."
  • Evaluating and monitoring your objectives. How much crime have you prevented today and can you prove it?

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