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5 Day (40 Hour) Basic Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Course

5 Day (40 Hour) Basic Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Course

October 16 – 20 , 2023

CPTED strategies are ideal for Law Enforcement Officers, Architects, City/Urban/Park Planners, City Managers, City Council Members, Landscape Architects, Security Consultants, Educators or anyone involved in designing neighborhoods, schools, downtowns, buildings, or revitalization efforts. It is an effective way of fighting crime and promoting business.

Cities and Counties throughout the country are adopting CPTED ordinances requiring site plan reviews with crime prevention in mind. Law enforcement officers who are specially trained in CPTED are now working closely with Planners, Architects, City Officials, and Educators to ensure the proper design of structures, schools, and neighborhoods. Participants will learn how the design and use of the environment can control human / criminal behavior and reduce the fear of crime. They will learn crime prevention through natural means. How natural access control and natural surveillance decrease the opportunity for crime. Participants will learn the different aspects of lighting and its effects on human behavior. Participants will work together on a site survey and provide a group presentation of their results utilizing CPTED strategies. They will learn the advantages of having a CPTED ordinance and how to construct and present it to lawmakers.

Basic CPTED Course Agenda

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00am Registration & Introductions

Introduction to CPTED

CPTED Definitions and Strategies

Lunch on your own

CPTED and the Design Process

“Design Out Crime” Program

Barriers: Real vs. Symbolic—Landscaping, Fencing, and Interior Walls

Day 2

Lighting for Safety and Security

Planning, Zoning, and CPTED

Lunch on your own

Planning, Zoning, and CPTED

“Designs For Walkable Neighborhoods”

Community Enrichment-Using Design Strategies (practical exercise 1)

Day 3

Traffic Calming & CPTED

Writing a CPTED Ordinance / Overlay Districts

Understanding Site Plans

Lunch on your own

Site Plan Review

Group Site Plan Review (practical exercise 2)

Group Site Plan Presentations

CPTED Around the Globe

Day 4

CPTED Report Writing

Sample Field Assessments

Preparation / Assignments / Field Assessments

Field Assessments (field exercise #1)

Lunch on your own

Field Assessments

In Class Preparation

Day 5


In Class Preparation

Class Presentations (practical exercise 3)

Lunch on your own

Class Presentations

All participants must work in a group to complete and present a graded CPTED Field Assessment. The groups will need to take pictures of their site and incorporate those pictures into a PowerPoint presentation. It is suggested that the participants bring a digital camera or camera phone along with any cables required to download the files to a laptop computer. Each group needs to have a laptop computer to create their PowerPoint presentation; if you have a laptop you can bring for your group to use it is recommended.