International CPTED 



Welcome to the ICA

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach for reducing crime through urban and environmental design and the management and use of built environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas and reduce opportunities for crime and fear of crime. CPTED is pronounced ‘sep-ted’ and it is known around the world as Designing Out Crime, defensible space, and other similar terms. 

Promoting CPTED Globally & Locally

The ICA promotes the use of CPTED globally and supports local organizations, practitioners and communities that utilise CPTED principles to create safer communities and environments. 

Latest News

Cancun, 2019 - The largest global CPTED conference to date!

The recent ICA annual conference in Cancun, Mexico had over 600 delegates from around the world and represented the largest global gathering specifically on the topic of CPTED!

It was one of the most successful events in ICA history.

Located on the sun-bathed coast of Cancun’s beautiful beaches, the Iberostar resort hotel hosted this year’s event. The Mexico ICA chapter co-organized the event and, under the leadership of Mercedes Escudero, outdid itself in providing musical entertainment, the first-ever ICA Expo with incredible exhibitors, and welcomes from local politicians and the State Governor.

International speakers and attendees hailed from locales such as India, Chile, Honduras, Korea, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Slovenia, Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, the United States and, of course, Mexico. Presentations covered a wide range of topics including school safety, fear of crime, CPTED, SafeGrowth and neighborhood planning, and anti-terrorism tactics.

Professor Irvin Waller from the University of Ottawa, founder of the UN Center for the Prevention of Crime, delivered a keynote address with some practical examples from cities around the world that have successfully reduced crime. He discussed how science and evidence play an important role and introduced his latest book “Ending Violent Crime”.

There were also regional meetings of various ICA chapters, and workshops on CPTED methodology and CPTED in schools. Special awards for leadership went to ICA Regional Director for Latin America Mercedes Escudero, ICA Director Carlos GutiĆ©rrez and newly appointed ICA Executive Director Mateja Mihinjac.

Thanks very much to the Mexico ICA chapter for an excellent conference.

Gregory Saville

ICA Co-founder/Inaugural Chair

Our Latest 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 the manual in English version here.

ICA Perspectives

Our latest ICA Perspectives Newsletter from January to April 2019!

ICA Mission Statement

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