Remember the Three L's

April 02, 2020

With people spending more time at home lately, Alberta RCMP are urging homeowners to consider Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles when planning the yard and spring/summer projects.

CPTED is a set of design principles meant to reduce crime through the design of a physical environment. The purpose of CPTED is to make your property less appealing to criminals. The three “L’s” of CPTED are: LOCKS, LIGHTING and LANDSCAPING. These principles can be applied to homes or businesses.

When planning your yard, consider planting prickly plants such as raspberries or roses for a natural barrier. Trim the bottom branches on trees and trim shrubs so they don’t block windows to keep clear lines of sight throughout the property.

Consider installing a gate and fence around your property so it’s obvious if someone is entering the property at an inappropriate spot. You should also keep gates closed whether you’re home or away so no one can tell from looking at your property that it’s vacant. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, consider putting timers on lights, having a neighbour or friend maintain your yard and disconnect the power to your garage door. And, the most important tip of all, is to keep your doors and windows locked.

“CPTED is a key part of crime prevention and is one part of our Crime Reduction Strategy,” says Supt. Peter Tewfik, Albert RCMP officer in charge of Crime Reduction Strategies. “We all have a part to play, and through target hardening and implementing simple changes to your property, you can help us reduce property crime in Alberta.”

For more CPTED tips, please follow #CPTED and our social media accounts @RCMPAlberta (Twitter), @RCMPinAlberta (Facebook) and @RCMP-GRC Alberta (YouTube). Follow this playlist of CPTED How-to Videos RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to police. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), ONLINE or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.