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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

This is a crime-prevention philosophy based on the theory that proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in both the fear of, and incidence of, crime and an improvement in the quality of life in a community.

CPTED (pronounced SEP-ted) design strategies offer guidelines that property owners, developers, landscape designers and remodelers can apply to their homes, or commercial and public properties.

The four overlapping CPTED strategies are: Natural Surveillance, Natural Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement, and Maintenance. Further information on these strategies and CPTED techniques can be found in the CPTED Strategies booklet.

For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.

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