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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) helps make communities safer through neighbourhood planning, development and maintenance.
CPTED deters criminal activity through:
- Natural surveillance: visibility, positive social activities
- Natural access control: entry and exit points, fences
- Natural boundaries: clear ownership, clearly marked private spaces
The 3 "D"s:
When evaluating neighbourhoods use the 3 "D"s:
- Designation: What is the intended use of this space?
- Definition: Does the space have clear borders and ownership?
- Design: Does the physical design support the intended function?
The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) booklet provides a quick and practical guide to steps Edmontonians can take to make their property safer.
Graffiti and Vandalism
- Clean up graffiti as soon as possible
- Use decorative landscaping, murals and lights to discourage tagging of buildings
- Avoid shrubs and other natural objects a person could hide behind
- Select trees that will allow for sight lines
Learn more about Graffiti Management
Streets and Public Spaces
- Hold neighbourhood activities like block parties
- Ensure streets are pedestrian friendly
- Create streetscapes
- Calm traffic to reduce traffic flow and excessive speed
Learn about Safety by Design
- Clearly identify stairwells
- Post easy to see and read directional signs
- Reduce hiding spots with windows and mirrors
- Influence behaviours with bright, motivating, reflective colours on backgrounds
- Increase visibility with lights and sight lines
- Use security personnel and security systems
Trails and Parks
- Deny access to isolated areas
- Direct traffic
- Hold activities in the park
- Keep signs in good repair
- Redesign space to increase sight lines and to reduce hiding areas
- Clear transitional zones from public to private spaces
- Relocate gathering areas to places with the best natural sight lines and access control