What is CPTED or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design?

CPTED or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is an approach to crime prevention using physical space to impact criminal decisions and behaviour. The goal of CPTED is to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur. These strategies help to make it undesirable or more difficult, leading criminals to choose other locations to commit a crime. CPTED principles can be easy and cost-effective to follow when remodelling or building. Implementing these principles increases safety and improves the appearance of farmyards, neighbourhoods and public spaces. Implementing good CPTED practices also makes people feel more secure. It is our responsibility as residents and business owners to prevent crime — in the end, prevention should be the goal, rather than detection.

Our partners endeavour to be a resource in crime prevention by assisting residents and businesses with the adoption of best practices to reduce crime through approaches like CPTED. Consider joining a crime watch group that can provide you with information on current criminal activity in your area.

You can find out more about CPTED principles with these resources:

If you would like to learn more about CPTED and other crime prevention tactics there is training available. We offer both Basic and Advanced courses, usually offered in the Spring and Fall. Please check our website for dates.

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In case of emergency: Call 9-1-1 or Leduc RCMP at 780-980-RCMP (7267)