Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) has been defined as:
“….a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. CPTED is pronounced ‘sep-ted’ and it is also known around the world as Designing Out Crime, defensible space, and other similar terms.” (International CPTED Association – www.cpted.net)
This presentation will provide an overview of CPTED and how it has developed over time to meet the challenges and threats faced by our society today, as well as its role as a crime prevention strategy that is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood in the race towards more technical and resource intensive approaches to crime prevention and community safety.
The importance of consultation, research and fully understanding the actual problem that is intended to be dealt with, as opposed to only dealing with the symptoms of deeper underlying issues, will also be discussed.
The need to apply CPTED strategies with great care so that when seeking to deal with undesired behaviour an environment is not created that is counter-productive to intended and desired uses, either accidentally or intentionally is also highlighted.
The presentation reinforces that everyone can contribute to the creation and maintenance of safer built and natural environments either as individuals in the case of our own homes and neighbourhoods or as part of professional groups and decision makers responsible for major community and private developments.