Doug Bedell — October 11, 2019, 11:42 am

CPTED: An Approach To Security Via Environmental Design

A confessed “childhood vandal” discusses Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in a post on

CPTED applications include “commercial office buildings, industrial buildings and facilities, parking facilities, schools, automated teller machines and U.S. federal government buildings — obviously this is not the comprehensive list of all CPTED’s focus. It’s interesting to note that the list contains many of the physical elements found on the grounds of most universities and colleges, which in some instances may include hospitals as well. So, it should be clear there isn’t a one size fits all solution…

“The classic elements of CPTED are often listed as territoriality, surveillance, and access control. According to Crow (1991), the three basics are:

Mechanical – involving physical security hardware or electronic systems – also known as target hardening.
Organizational – involving people or activities rather than equipment, per se, or
Natural – involving natural features such as terrain, layout, landscaping and other non-mechanical objects.”

The elements of a thoughtful approach to setting-based security are discussed further in this helpful post. Read on there.

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