Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the effective design and use of the built environment to encourage a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, improvement in the perception of safety, and an improvement in the quality of life in a community.

IPHI funded the  National Crime Prevention Council, to provide Basic CPTED training to 49 Prince George’s County government, police, community-organizations, and residents. Additionally, IPHI and NCPC trained 15  trainers from around the County to increase the capacity of individuals and police departments to use CPTED principles to the fullest extent.

Key Principles include:

1. Access control (coming and going)

  • Describes how people get in & out of an area
  • Use barriers such as entrances, exits, fences, &landscape to prevent people from entering private spaces

2. Natural surveillance strategies provide people with ways to watch an area

  • Remove hiding places, add lighting or benches, trim bushes and bring more people to the area so that it can be easily seen and protected

3. Territoriality reinforcement & maintenance

  • Ways that people show that they own or care for an area
  • Mark clear boundaries with such things as fences, art, signs, and landscaping
  • The way we say “this is our space and we care about it and who uses it

IPHI used the findings from this process to provide community tailored suggestions to improve the safety and walkability of communities for children and families to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

For more information, contact Evelyn Kelly, [email protected].