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.
The use of ICA logo is only authorized for use by approved ICA chapters, CAP-accredited course holders (as specified in the CAP Completion Letter), events hosted or co-hosted by the ICA, or when otherwise agreed.
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The first worldwide ISO-Standard for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) published!
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.
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.