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 Locally

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

ICA Perspectives

OUR NEW ICA Perspectives Newsletter from January to April 2019 now available!

Upcoming Events


2019 ICA Conference


Urban Safety & Human Security

28-30 August 2019 in 

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

(Hotel Iberostar Cancun)

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.

Latest News

ICA Secures Support of Mexican Government for 2019 ICA Conference 

The 2019 ICA Conference Planning Committee has been working hard behind the scenes to organize the ICA Conference that will be held in August 2019 in Cancun, Mexico. This week the ICA President Macarena Rau and ICA Mexico President Mercedes Escudero held a number of presentations and meetings with the Governor of State of Mexico to secure support for the Conference. You can watch Macarena's presentation to the Governor of State of Mexico here.

ICA Mission Statement

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