Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is based on the premise that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life.
Natural Surveillance - The placement of physical features, activities, and people in a way that maximizes visibility. Unobstructed windows, adequate lighting, and well-tended landscaping can all help.
Natural Access Control - The physical guidance of people coming and going from a space by the strategic placement of entrances, exits, fencing, landscaping, and lighting.
Territorial Reinforcement - The use of physical attributes that express ownership, such as fences, pavement treatments, art, signage, and lighting.
Maintenance - The care that allows for the continued use of a space for its intended purpose. It prevents reduced visibility due to plant overgrowth and obstructed or inoperative lighting, while serving to express ownership.
CPTED for NEIGHBORHOODS
CPTED surveys can include entire communities, or upon request, individual homes. CPTED techniques are useful in addition to traditional crime prevention methods, such as good locks and alarm systems. Together, these crime prevention measures can help to improve the quality of life by reducing the fear of crime. The following are a few of the more common recommendations and neighborhood ideas.
Since the dynamics of each neighborhood are unique, CPTED recommendations for one may not be suitable for another. Therefore, consider the conditions and characteristics of the surrounding area when applying CPTED concepts.
CPTED for MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING
Multi-family complexes, such as apartments, condominiums, and townhouses present different opportunities for CPTED applications. Again, the surrounding areas play an integral part in the overall security picture. The following are some common examples of multi-family site recommendations.
CPTED in COMMERCIAL SETTINGS
The four key CPTED concepts of surveillance, access control, territorial reinforcement and maintenance are applicable in commercial and institutional settings. These include offices, stores, churches, schools, and warehouses. CPTED strategies complement traditional crime prevention techniques. CPTED solutions may reduce crime while allowing legitimate users, such as customers, clients, and employees to feel more comfortable. Some common CPTED recommendations for commercial and institutional sites include the following:
For further information, please contact:
Fort Wayne Police Department
1 E. Main Street
Department of Planning Services
200 E. Berry Street, Suite 150
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46802