Strategies for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Nov 21, 2022, 10:14 AM

(From Campus Safety) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the use of design and the built environment to reduce opportunities for disputes and violence and promote positive behavior. Brian Erickson, principal at Davis Partnership Architects, suggests that schools should consider the following principles when considering CPTED: 

  • Natural access control: the use of signs, well-marked entrances and exits, and landscaping to improve or limit access to certain areas.
  • Natural surveillance: the placement of physical features that improve visibility, such as windows, lighting and landscaping. 
  • Territorial Reinforcement: use of motivational signs, displays of student art, and the use of school colors to create warmth and express pride.
  • Maintenance: repair and general upkeep of space to maintain safety and comfort.
  • Activity Support: this leverages the presence of staff and students to discourage crime.

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