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 International CPTED Association - ICA is an international non-profit association founded in Calgary, Canada in 1996.
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.
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The first worldwide ISO-Standard for
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)
In January 2021 ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) published a worldwide standard on CPTED: ISO 22341:2021.
A worldwide standard should be a very useful tool when looking for common ground on answering and asking questions such as ‘What is CPTED?’, ‘Which principles and elements can be distinguished and which approaches, strategies and processes are available?’. While the standard is not legally binding but rather voluntary, it promotes best practice and voluntary compliance that can benefit all the parties involved.
Together with earlier European CPTED standards of CEN (14383 series) this ISO-22341:2021 standard gives CPTED a firm foundation. But standardization work is never done. Hence, the ICA Standardization Committee led by Paul van Soomeren and Dr Tim Pascoe will stay active for years to come.
Read the full ICA press release here.
Get the Standard from your national ISO member or ISO Store.
Paul van Soomeren
Regional Director for Europe, ICA
WATCH A VIDEO WHERE PAUL VAN SOOMEREN DISCUSSES CPTED STANDARDIZATION:
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.
Our Latest ICA White Paper -
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.
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New ICA Newsletter!
Our NEW Holiday Edition of the ICA Newsletter from October to December 2020 has now been published! Click on the image below for access.
You can access all our past Newsletters HERE.
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