International CPTED 



Welcome to the ICA

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behaviour through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment. It is pronounced sep-ted and is known by various labels or names around the world, such as Designing Out Crime and other acronyms. 

Promoting CPTED Locally

The ICA Supports local organizations, practitioners and communities that utilise CPTED principles to create safer communities and environments. 

ICA Perspectives

NEW ICA Perspectives Newsletter from January to July   2017 now available!

Upcoming Events


ICA Director Herb Sutton in the Community - North Battleford, Sask

CPTED and Safegrowth principles require immense effort, commitment and engagement. To truly make a difference in our communities we must commit to the "long game" and change the environment and culture of space that s problematic. A big shout out to Herb and his team's efforts in North Battleford, Saskatchewan! Read the Maclean's article here!

2017 ICA Conference

My street, my neighbourhood, my city - CPTED in action

The 2017 conference was an impressive demonstration of the reach and diversity of the ICA "family". With more than 17 countries present the information and networking was elevated to new heights. Plan now to attend the 2019 Conference!

2017 Conference Presentations are available!

A New ICA White Paper - CPTED and Homelessness

CPTED and Homelessness is a product of the 2015 International CPTED Association conference. Authored by Gregory Saville and Randall Atlas, this paper offers guidelines to CPTED practitioners regarding homelessness.

For other ICA White Papers, click here

CPTED Manual For Police Implemented by 11 EU Organizations

A project co-funded by the European Union Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union has developed and implemented this manual for police throughout Europe and internationally. You can download this manual in 5 languages here or the English version here.

Latest News

New Perspectives in the CPTED Global Agenda

Over the past few years, CPTED, also known in Latin America as The CPTED Methodology, has expanded around the world, particularly in highly violent regions such as Latin America, the Caribbean, among others.

This expansion is due to several factors such as success reducing crime and the fear of crime through CPTED strategies, greater number of courses and training in CPTED to professionals, greater numbers of systematic CPTED projects, and the strengthening of the international ICA network around the world.

In a world that is constantly changing CPTED faces great challenges to remain effective and flexible while still responding to the culture of each community that discovers the benefits of CPTED.  

As the worldwide umbrella of CPTED, the International CPTED Association is ideally positioned to help CPTED practitioners worldwide in different contexts. This worldwide network of professionals and CPTED practitioners is fundamental to ensure the permanent exchange of new practices and findings.

It is this richness within the ICA network where CPTED will flourish in the years ahead, especially in the experience and diversity of its professionals. As a result, in this new period of global interconnectedness and expanding CPTED work, the ICA has embarked on formulating a Strategic Plan up to the year 2022. This plan will include CPTED in schools and communities, certification processes, homelessness, and standardization of CPTED processes, among others.

ICA has the potential as a global organization to influence and guide public policies and private actions around the world in the years ahead. This potential will be reflected in the Strategic Plan and in the coordinated efforts of ICA members around the world as they continue improving the quality of life in the diverse communities of the world.

Macarena Rau
ICA International Chair

ICA Mission Statement

To create safer environments and improve the quality of life through the use of CPTED principles and strategies