Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

CPTED Basic Premise

"That the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime -- and to an increase in the quality of life."
Timothy D. Crowe

CPTED is achieved by three strategies

  1. Natural access control
  2. Natural surveillance
  3. Territorial reinforcement

You may have already seen examples of these strategies here at the University of Alberta and may not have realized it:

  1. If you use the Education Car park you utilize stairwells that are enclosed in glass and therefore deter criminals from having you isolated. At the same time this allows you the option of not entering the area if you see anything/one of concern (Natural Access control).
  2. You may have noticed the developing "green belt" outside of our new engineering facilities- this assists in the transition from "public" (sidewalk along 116St.) to "private/semi-private" space (Territorial Reinforcement).
  3. Lower incidents of Bike theft at the racks located west of Rutherford (north) Library. These racks are located adjacent to the main floor windows where student's are visible using the study carrels (Natural Surveillance).

These principles are not just limited to the exterior of the buildings. While reading this... look around your workspace. Is your desk positioned to allow you to view person(s) entering your office? Does your desk pose a potential "entrapment" area to prevent your quick exit or to reach a phone for help in time of need?

We are committed to the principles of CPTED and we invite you to contact one of our CPTED certified members to assist you in making your environment as safe as possible.

For more information on CPTED at the University of Alberta, please phone 780-492-5050.