Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Guide

Did you know that there are simple practices and tools that YOU can use to discourage property crime? You can be proactive and take control of your property through simple steps that will tell criminals to “take a hike.” When you remove easy targets, you reduce the risk of property crime. In the process, you also contribute to neighbourhoods which are well-lit and encourage positive social activity in public spaces. This contributes to the social sustainability of Enderby by building trust and encouraging interaction among neighbourhoods, residents, and businesses.

The City of Enderby is pleased to release a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guide. This guide will help you to promote safe, friendly neighbourhoods.

So what’s CPTED?

The formal definition of CPTED is that it is a set of strategies that influence (discourage) offender decisions before the criminal act occurs.

In practice, this means taking simple steps to change the built environment to deter criminal activity and encourage more “eyes on the street” to watch for unusual activity. This creates safer neighbourhoods and reduces criminal activity. It does this by:

  • Promoting natural surveillance
  • Controlling access points
  • Reinforcing territory

This handy guide is a quick reference containing simple concepts and steps that you can take to reduce property and neighbourhood crime. Whether you own a home or a business, this guide can help you. If you are building a new home or business, redeveloping a property, or seeking to retro-fit your home, this eye-opening guide will help you.

Download the City of Enderby CPTED Best Practices Guide – this tool helps put YOU in control of your property by preventing crime before it happens!