International CPTED 


 Welcome to the International CPTED Association

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 October to December 2016 now available!

Upcoming Events


2017 ICA Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2017 ICA International Conference: August 7-8 2017! Our theme this year is:

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

The Conference will be held at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Abstracts have been received from the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Chile, Honduras, Ecuador, Mexico, India, South Korea, France and Denmark.

Join delegates from around the world to discuss a range of topics, including:

  • Roles of CPTED implementers (community groups, local government, the police etc.)
  • Reducing crime through the planning, design and management of the environment
  • The role of CPTED in responding to challenges related to homelessness
  • Creating safe public spaces
  • CPTED in developing country settings
  • CPTED and educational institutions

For registration information CLICK HERE

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

End of Year Summary

In the latest news our International Chair Tony Lake wishes you a very happy and safe New Year and updates you on the ICA activities for 2016. Some of the highlights include:

  • In November, several ICA Directors successfully represented ICA at the COST-action on Crime Prevention through Urban Design, Planning and Management conference in Athens, Greece
  • In August, the ICA held a Regional Asia/Pacific Forum in partnership with the NSW Local Government Community Safety and Crime Prevention Network in Wollongong, Australia
  • Our Vice Chair Macarena Rau Vargas has been leading CPTED developments in South America
  • ICA has been building partnership with the Safe Communities Foundation within WHO
  • In April, the ICA issued a White Paper on Homelessness and is currently developing a guidebook on homelessness for practitioners
  • ICA has been approached to introduce CPTED in India
  • Board is currently working on updating ICA By-laws and Regulations, revising ICA Certification process, implementing ICA Awards, and developing CPTED in Schools project
  • The Chair extends his invitation to CPTED practitioners, academics, community workers and representatives to attend the 2017 ICA Conference to be held in August 6-8 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Read the full summary here

ICA Mission Statement

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