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How to increase security through building design

Sarah E. Ludwig | Jan. 7, 2016
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, or CPTED, is a method used in security planning that focuses on design, placement and the way the building is used as a means to increase security in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Parting thoughts

Understand CPTED principles thoroughly. “Don’t substitute CPTED for traditional methodologies,” warns Nesbitt. “CPTED provides harmony between the more traditional methods and human behavior. It takes a little study to understand it, but the more you do, the more you will come up with ways to apply it that are unique to your situation.”

Flexibility is key to the successful use of CPTED. “Security is hugely situational. There is no universality. Everything is about reducing the probability of things happening, since we can’t stop them from happening,” Nesbitt says. “Something may pop up that causes you to need to change the environment. Using CPTED principles will make any security program that much more effective than it would be without.”

For more information about CPTED, visit the International CPTED Association website.


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