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CPTED Security Surveys

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a crime prevention philosophy based on the theory that proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime as well as an improvement in the quality of life. CPTED works by decreasing a criminal’s ability to commit a crime and increasing the chances that the crime will be seen and reported by community members. CPTED goes beyond traditional security methods by naturally integrating security measures into the community. The goal of all CPTED applications is to increase the quality of life and decrease crime and associated fears.

UCPD’s Crime Prevention Unit can provide a CPTED Security Survey for your department or affiliated University location.  The survey will provide options for your consideration that will aid in reducing opportunities for criminal behavior. Please fill out the CPTED Request Form to request a security survey.  The form can be found here, or please use the link in the Related Links box.  Completed forms should be submitted to The reduction of crime is achieved by employing physical design features that discourage crime while encouraging legitimate use of the University and its surrounding neighborhood, facilities, and businesses.  

Applying CPTED starts by asking the following questions:

  • What are the designated purposes of the space?
  • How is the space defined?
  • How well does the physical design support the intended function?

CPTED Principles

Natural Surveillance:  The placement of physical features, activities, and people in such a way as to maximize visibility.

Access Control:  The physical guidance of people coming and going from a space by the judicial placement of entrances, exits, fencing, landscaping, and lighting.

Territorial Reinforcement:  The use of physical attributes that express ownership, such as well-defined property lines, fences, signage, landscaping, lighting, etc.

Maintenance:  A well-maintained home, building, or community creates a sense of ownership, which helps deter criminals.

Activity Support:  Encouraging interaction through activities in public spaces that are intended for use by residents and other legitimate users, which helps to discourage criminal acts.


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