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.
Recent forum updates
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!
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.
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.