International CPTED 



Welcome to the ICA

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 registered 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. 

NOTE: ⭐ indicates ICA Accredited Course (CAP)

Recent forum updates

Position of the ICA in relation to recent social unrest and CPTED

As the President of the International CPTED Association, I want to offer the moral support of our non-profit organization to all those who suffer from recent incidents of violence and unrest around the world. We have been monitoring recent protests and riots regarding inequity, racism, political oppression and injustice. The pain and suffering from these events, and from the conditions that give rise to these events, is tragic and must be resolved.

Read the full statement issued by the ICA President (ENG | ESP | FRA).

Watch the recent special ICA webinar that discussed the inclusionary nature of CPTED:

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ICA Office News

We proudly welcome to our family the first ICA Chapter under the new ICA Umbrella Initiative: The CPTED Region Corporation.

✅ The CPTED Region Corporation was founded in Santiago, Chile in 2004 and is the pioneer and the leader of CPTED in the Latina American Region.

✅ The CPTED Region Corporation has also influenced the development of Hispanic chapters within the LAC Region including Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Argentina, Guatemala, Colombia, and others.

✅ The CPTED Region Corporation has promoted the knowledge of CPTED by leading CPTED training within the LAC region for over a decade.

Learn more about The CPTED Region Corporation:

Missed our past webinars?

Find them on our new WEBINAR PAGE in our Online Learning Centre.


Our Latest ICA White Paper - 

ICA Course Accreditation Program

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.

For other ICA White Papers, click here.

The only exclusive professional CPTED certification and CPTED course accreditation programs offered worldwide.




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.

New ICA Newsletter!

Our NEW ICA Newsletter from January to September 2020 has now been published! You can access all our past Newsletters HERE.


ICA Mission Statement

To create safer environments and improve the quality of life through the use of CPTED principles and strategies