Community CPTED Strategies

Dan Keller

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a crime prevention strategy that focuses upon structural design to minimize and discourage the occurrence of criminal incidents. CPTED is based upon the premise that potential criminal offenders can be deterred by the design of buildings and environments.

CPTED was defined by Timothy D. Crowe, Director of the National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI) as...” The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction of the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life.”


CPTED is based upon five interrelated principles:

·      Natural Surveillance

·      Natural Access Control

·      Territoriality

·      Maintenance

·      Activity Support


CPTED training has been presented in the United States since 1985, primarily to law enforcement personnel.  For CPTED to be effective, however, it is essential that other government officials, architects and community stakeholders are trained in its strategies and principles.  It is often difficult for law enforcement personnel alone to be effective in the implementation of CPTED strategies.


A progressive community that serves as a leading proponent of CPTED is Frisco, Texas. Located north of Dallas, Texas, Frisco is a dynamic, growing city that has thoroughly embraced CPTED strategies.  In the past six years, the American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) has provided CPTED training three times to Frisco government officials in the areas of Community Planning and Zoning, Code Compliance, Frisco educators, architects, parks department, fire department, police department, etc.


This collaborative approach to CPTED training helps to support the utilization of CPTED strategies in the design of new building and structures in the dynamic growing city of Frisco.  Those who have attended collective CPTED training in Frisco embrace its strategies and effectively implement them wherever possible, thus rendering Frisco, Texas as a Certified CPTED Community, a professional designation awarded by ACPI.


Frisco is an example that the most effective means of implementing CPTED strategies is through the collective training of local government officials, community leaders and stakeholders.  If your community is interested in becoming a Certified CPTED Community, contact us at [email protected] to learn more.

Crime Prevention for
Commercial and Retail Business

Presented Live Virtually

June 13-15, 2023

The Crime Prevention for Commercial and Retail Business Certification Seminar is designed expressly for law enforcement and security personnel.  The three-day training program focuses specifically upon the risk factors and threats experience by the business community on a daily basis.


Community crime prevention officers and specialists should be knowledgeable of local business security threats and risks as well as crime prevention initiative and programs to prevent and mitigate them.


This crime prevention training program has been specifically developed to provide law enforcement personnel with the skills and knowledge to help make their business communities safer and more secure.


For complete information about the live virtual June 13-15 Crime Prevention for Commercial and Retail Business Certification Seminar, visit the ACPI website at

ACPI is a worldwide leader in enabling law enforcement agencies, businesses, institutions, and security professionals to reduce criminal activity and risk and enhance quality of life through the delivery of practical, unbiased training and certification programs.  Visit our website at to learn about our comprehensive list of both live virtual and self-paced training courses.

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