Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a methodology that directly addresses the relationship between the physical environment and the incidence of crime. Through CPTED, practitioners advocate for a wide array of active participants to improve safety in a community by providing a physical environment that promotes positive behavior and deters criminal activity. 

The CPTED model brings together all aspects of community development, urban planning, design, law enforcement and crime prevention. It allows for community organizations, businesses, residents, civil service organizations and police to work together to create community development projects that will lead to an overall reduction in crime.

By analyzing Erie Crime Analysis Center (ECAC) crime data we are able to pinpoint some of the highest crime zip codes to deploy this initiative into. The overall goal of  these collaborations, is to lead to an overall reduction in crime and help to activate spaces to promote beautification in neighborhoods leading to a better quality of life for all residents of the city of Buffalo.  

The CPTED model focuses on five (5) design phases, which are natural surveillance, natural access control, territorial reinforcement, activity support, and maintenance. If all phases are implemented into community design plans it can lead to a more vibrant and safe neighborhood. 


See schedule below for the next available dates and times of training. If interested in signing up please either scan the QR code on the schedule or click on the survey button below and provide your information.

 CPTED 2022 Schedule Updated


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