Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

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Abstract

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an approach to crime reduction that seeks to reduce perceived opportunities for crime through the design and management of the built or, less often, the natural environment. It is based on a set of principles, which can be applied as a guide to the design and construction of buildings, as well as the organization of spaces around them. Because CPTED provides a guide rather than a rigid specification, with a range of possible realizations, design compliance with its principles is often recognized through an award scheme, such as Secured by Design (SBD) in the United Kingdom and the Police Label Secured Housing in the Netherlands. Research has consistently demonstrated that CPTED is an effective crime reduction approach—reducing crime, alleviating the fear of crime, and enhancing feelings of safety. Its increasing recognition within planning policy reflects a growing acknowledgment of efficacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice
PublisherOxford University Press
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018

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Armitage, R. (2018). Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.316