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. 

The Benefits of Being a Member of the International CPTED Association (ICA)

The ICA supports local organisations, practitioners and communities that utilise CPTED principles to create safer communities and environments. Members of the ICA become part of the largest international network of CPTED practitioners and researchers from developed as well as developing countries. The benefits of being a member of the ICA include the following:

  • Members have access to the experience and knowledge of other members working in diverse contexts and representing a range of perspectives and unique approaches.
  • Members stay informed about the latest trends and practical experiences in the CPTED field through ICA newsletters and other publications.
  • Members are eligible for a discounted registration fee when attending the international conference, regional CPTED events, webinars and online training courses.
  • Members are entitled to participate in the ICA certification and accreditation programmes in order to become a certified CPTED practitioner.
  • Members are able to access the “members only” section of the ICA website where they can download publications such as guideline documents and articles related to CPTED and a range of related topics.



Announcing our next webinar

Violence-free Schools in 21st Century - Using a Comprehensive CPTED Approach

29 May 2020 

12:00 MST


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.

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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