International CPTED 



Welcome to the ICA

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)

Introducing the

ICA Umbrella Initiative

The ICA Umbrella Initiative was adopted by the ICA Board on 17 April 2020. 

The purpose of the ICA Umbrella Initiative is to promote CPTED as a viable crime prevention approach, to promote the knowledge of CPTED, and advance CPTED theory and practice through collaboration between 3 levels: Global (the ICA), Regional (ICA Regions), and ICA Chapters

We invite you to read more about this initiative and if eligible, consider joining the ICA family as a new ICA Chapter.


Upcoming webinars

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


CPTED in the Times of COVID-19 - Reactions & Recovery, Part 1

(Asia, Australasia/Pacific, Europe/UK)


Coming next

CPTED in the Times of COVID-19 - Reactions & Recovery, Part 2 (Canada, Latin America, USA)

19 June 2020


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