Get smart about environmental design to minimize safety risks
DO YOU FEEL SAFE AT YOUR FACILITY? IF YOU AVOID THE
DARKEST PARTS OF YOUR PARKING GARAGE AT NIGHT
OR NOTICE AN INCREASE IN VANDALISM OR LITTERING
ON YOUR PROPERTY, YOUR SECURITY PRACTICES COULD
PROBABLY USE AN OVERHAUL.
Fortunately, that doesn’t always mean a suite of expensive new cameras. It could be as
simple as integrating the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
(CPTED), a layered approach that emphasizes barrier-free observation, easy access control
and clear boundary marking in addition to the same upkeep you’re probably already doing.
Any site or building type can benefit from integrating the principles of CPTED.
Familiarize yourself with the tenets of this common-sense design philosophy and learn how
to spot red flags at your building.
CPTED is a layered approach combining four principles: natural surveillance, natural
access control, territorial reinforcement and maintenance. All four work together to create
an environment that both makes potential criminals uncomfortable and enables occupants
to notice anything out of place.