International CPTED 



Welcome to the ICA

Position of the ICA in relation to recent social unrest and CPTED

As the President of the International CPTED Association, I want to offer the moral support of our non-profit organization to all those who suffer from recent incidents of violence and unrest around the world. We have been monitoring recent protests and riots regarding inequity, racism, political oppression and injustice. The pain and suffering from these events, and from the conditions that give rise to these events, is tragic and must be resolved.

We are an organization dedicated to the quality of life for all citizens. We strongly believe that CPTED is an inclusive method for preventing crime and the fear of crime that considers the wisdom of all inhabitants as experts of their environment and with a deep appreciation for the value of integrating differences between people. We have worked diligently to make sure our membership has a clear Code of Ethics that includes non-discrimination of any person based on age, race, colour, gender identity, sexual preference, religious belief or lack thereof, political persuasion and national origin. We work to ensure our practitioners consider the perspectives of all people in different contexts.

We also discourage any improper application of CPTED strategies that may exclude people and we adopted professional certification and course accreditation programs to ensure the highest ethical standards for applying CPTED. We provide our services to anyone interested in fair, inclusive and competent CPTED practice all over the world through our websites, publications and biennial international conference and events.

Dr Macarena Rau

ICA President    ESP   FRA

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural 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, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. CPTED is pronounced ‘sep-ted’ and it is also 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. 

NOTE: ⭐ indicates ICA Accredited Course (CAP)

Call for

Expression of Interest to host the

2021 ICA Conference

We invite interested members of the ICA to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to host the 2021 ICA International CPTED Conference. Year 2021 marks the ICA's 25th anniversary, making the 2021 conference a particularly special event.

We invite you to submit EoI in either English or Spanish.


Our Latest ICA White Paper - 

ICA Course Accreditation Program

The ICA Course Accreditation Program (CAP) is a product of extensive research and hard work of the ICA Accreditation Committee that started in 2015. The CAP builds upon our long-standing ICA Certified CPTED Practitioner Program for Individuals (ICCP). This paper presents early work of the Accreditation Committee led by Gregory Saville, our new program that was launched in 2019. You can learn more about the CAP here.

For other ICA White Papers, click here.

The only exclusive professional CPTED certification and CPTED course accreditation programs offered worldwide.




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 Perspective Newsletter

Our NEW ICA Perspective Newsletter from August to December 2019 has now been published! Our members can access all our newsletters HERE.

ICA Mission Statement

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