Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) must be the first step to an effective security system. Proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, and to an increase in quality of life.
CPTED focuses on three concepts that attempt to reduce these factors so important to perpetrators:
Why CPTED works:
Criminals usually commit crimes in "comfortable" environments. A criminal's comfort is heightened by isolation and concealment, where few witnesses exist and the chance of being identified is minimal. Criminals form perceptions about the environment surrounding a target, not the target itself. Any crime from a simple theft to the most heinous homicide will show that criminals are most fearful of being observed during the commission of the crime. Witnesses are the first step toward identification, arrest, prosecution and punishment for many criminals.
Sometimes, simple changes to an area can mean the difference between a desirable target and one that is uninspiring for the perpetrator.
These are all simple examples of making CPTED work to improve security. CPTED requires some non-traditional thinking to arrive at the best solutions for a particular environment.
The 3D's of CPTED:
All space has a particular designated purpose. Each space has legal, physical, social, and cultural parameters, which define its acceptable behaviors, and each space is designed to support and control these behaviors.
Questions like these will determine existing security problems and how the CPTED philosophy can be applied to assist with solving those problems.
For examples of how to properly utilize CPTED or to schedule a security survey of your home or business, contact Captain Robert Gibson at 588-5030 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org