Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

 


Article by: Johnny Kicklighter

What is CPTED? The official book definition is "the proper design , Recycling Carwash Wash Water for Landscape and Toilets and effective use of the built environment , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 9) Experiment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement , Vermicomposting - Worm Composters For Eco-Friendly Waste Disposal and Recycling in the quality of life." It is simply a goal to reduce opportunities for crime that may be inherent in the design , Landscaping With Boulders - Do your Neighbors look at your Yard and say WOW of structures or in the design , Your Garden - Growing from Seed of neighborhoods. In other words, make your home , Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden or neighborhood unappealing to burglars and thugs.

Cities and Counties throughout the country are adopting CPTED ordinances requiring site plan , An Outdoor Swing is A Great Way to Relax reviews with crime prevention in mind. Law enforcement officers who are specially trained in CPTED are now working closely with Planners, Architects, City Officials, and Educators to ensure the proper design , Planning Your Patio Garden of structures, schools, and neighborhoods. These experts know how the design , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors and use of the environment , To Salt or Not to Salt Your Pond can control human or criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime. They used natural , How To Build A Waterfall means such as landscaping , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening to deter criminals. Access control, natural , Marble Mosaic Art surveillance, different aspects of lighting and its effects on human behavior, all deter crime.

Many landscape , Fences specialists incorporate CPTED into their layout & design , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening of landscapes. , Automate Your Lawn Work Each of the following CPTED strategies are low cost guidelines that they apply to reduce the fear and incidence of crime and improve the quality of life.

1. Natural , Marble Mosaic Art Access Control guides people entering & leaving a space through the placement of entrances, exits, fences, landscaping , Ceiling Patio Heaters & lighting. Access control can decrease opportunities for criminal activity by denying criminals access to potential targets & creating a perception of risk for would-be offenders. Walkways & landscaping , Lazy Fish Worries should direct visitors to the proper entrance & away from private areas. The design , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming should create a perception of risk for would-be offenders. Walkways should be installed in locations , Growing A Brush Cherry Bonsai In Your Garden safe for pedestrians & keep them unobscured.

2. Natural , Saving Seeds from Your Garden Surveillance is the placement of physical features, , Green Grass Cutting: Reel Lawnmowers activities & people in a way that maximizes visibility. A potential criminal is less likely to attempt a crime if he or she is at risk of being observed. At the same time, we are likely to feel safer when we can see & be seen. The landscaping , Fish Fertilizers should be selected and installed to allow unobstructed views of doors , Garden for Birds #3 & windows. , Ceiling Patio Heaters The front door , Vermicomposting - Worm Composters For Eco-Friendly Waste Disposal and Recycling should be at least partially visible from the street. Shrubs , How To Build A Waterfall & bushes near windows , Lazy Fish Worries should not restrict full visibility of the property. , The Secret to Pruning Apple Trees Sidewalks & all areas of the yard , Ceiling Patio Heaters should be well lit.

3. Territorial Reinforcement is use of physical attributes that express ownership such as fences, signage, landscaping, , How to Grow African Violets lighting, pavement designs, , Recycling Carwash Wash Water for Landscape and Toilets etc. Defined property , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor lines and clear distinctions between private & public spaces are examples of the application of territoriality. Front porches , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming or stoops should create a transitional area between the street & the home. , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening Property , Landscaping With Boulders - Do your Neighbors look at your Yard and say WOW lines & private areas should be defined with plantings, fences or retaining walls. , Teak Outdoor Furniture - Where Function Meets Beauty Use thorny plants , Companion ing along fence lines and under windows , Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice to deter access by intruders.

4. Maintenance is a well maintained home, , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management building , Outdoor Sports Lighting or community, and creates a sense of ownership. A well kept area tends to make someone feel like they will be observed by neighbors or business owners as it is obvious people care about the area. Keep trees , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? & shrubs , The Exotic Rose of Sharon trimmed back from windows, , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Garden Fundamentals doors , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening & walkways. Keep shrubs , Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice trimmed to 3 feet & prune , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project the lower branches of trees , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project up to 7 feet. Use exterior lighting at night & keep it in working order. Keep litter & trash picked up & the yard , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Garden Fundamentals neat & free of items that might attract theft.

You can find links to more CPTED resources at www.kicklighter-landscaping.com.
John Kicklighter is the owner of Kicklighter-Landscaping. His business is near St. Louis, MO.

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