Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

A detailed series of design strategies that emphasize passive, unobtrusive methods to reduce risk, crime and cost for communities, new facility construction and renovations
September 26-29, 2023 | 11am - 3pm ET each day

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Certification Seminar

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED, (pronounced "sep-ted") is a series of building design strategies based upon the principle that "...the proper design and effective use of the built environments can lead to a reduction of fear and incidences of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life".  CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach aimed at deterring criminal behavior through environmental design.  It is based upon the belief that crime can be directly related to the physical environment.

Law enforcement professionals, community planners and architects should be well versed in the principles and strategies associate with CPTED. They should subsequently work collaboratively to implement CPTED strategies for new building and facilities as well as major renovation projects in order to minimize the occurrence of crime and provide for a safer environment.


Participants who successfully complete the program and open-book online exam will achieve lifetime recognition as a Certified CPTED Specialist by the American Crime Prevention Institute.
In the preview below Dan Keller provides an
overview of key CPTED concepts.
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Seminar Curriculum

  • Introduction to CPTED
  • CPTED Strategies, Principles and Concepts
  • History and Development of CPTED
  • Straight Talk About CPTED
  • CPTED Landscaping Guidelines
  • Fences and Barriers
  • Wayfinding and Signs
  • CPTED and Security Lighting
  • CAP Index and CPTED
  • CPTED Ordinances
  • CPTED Strategies for Building Architects
  • Understanding the Six Phases of Building Design
  • CPTEd for Higher Education Facilities
  • CPTEd for School Security
  • CPTED for Single Family and Multi-Family Residences
  • CPTED and Premises Liability
  • Understanding the Use of Glazing Materials
  • Designing Building Lobbies for Good Security
  • Planning, Zoning and CPTED
  • CPTED Site Reviews and Surveys
  • CPTED and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • CPTED and Traffic Calming
  • CPTED for Surface Parking and Parking Structures
  • Security Mistakes Architects Make
  • Interior Design CPTED Strategies
  • How to Make CPTED Work

What's Included?

  • Presentation Slides
  • 41 Topic Areas
  • Reference Materials
  • Online Community Forum
  • Certification Exam
  • Who Should Attend?

  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Business Leaders
  • Architects
  • Community Planners
  • School and Campus Administrators
  • Security and Loss Prevention Professionals
  • Security Consultants
  • Security Solutions Providers

Dan Keller

Dan brings more than 50 years of law enforcement and security experience. He has trained thousands of law enforcement personnel, architects and community planners from throughout the world in CPTED. Dan founded ACPI in 1998 after retiring as the Director of Public Safety at the University of Louisville, where he served for 26 years. Previously he served as the Assistant Director of Security at Southern Illinois University and founder and CEO of Aegis Protection Group and Aegis Security Design, a security consulting and engineering firm. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute.

The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction of fear and incidences of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life.

Tim Crowe, Director
National Crime Prevention Institute

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