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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or "CPTED (pronounced sep-ted) is the science around the design and effective use of physical space to  lead to a reduction in both the incidence and fear of crime.  CPTED seeks to reduce both opportunity and the number of targets for criminals.  Legitimate users of a space are actively encouraged, opportunities for observation are increased, and potential offenders are made to feel uncomfortable.

There are four basic strategies in "CPTED":

  • access control
  • surveillance
  • territorial reinforcement
  • maintenance

CPTED practitioners seek to "harden" or reduce the attractiveness of potential crime targets.  Aspects such as locks, windows, doors, fencing, cameras, lighting, and vegetation are just some of the tools in the CPTED toolkit.  The practice of CPTED ensures that all spaces are defined, properly designed, and have a designated use.  Altogether these strategies and tools seek to deflect and deter crime within and around properties and communities.

View the CPTED Brochure


CPTED Basic is a three-day course developed to introduce CPTED principals. This classroom course focuses on reducing crime opportunities by modifying the environment. Students will be introduced to how the physical environment can have a direct relationship on human behaviour. Instruction will be from a combination of Edmonton Police officers working in this field and additional subject matter experts in various aspects of CPTED.

CPTED Advanced is a four-day course developed to include advanced first generation CPTED concepts and second generation CPTED. This class includes both classroom and field components. Upon completion students will have the skills to complete CPTED inspections and reports as well as identify solutions for individual property up to neighbourhood scale level issues.

These courses are open to law enforcement officers (peace officers, by-law), city planners, architects, private security managers, private and public sector property managers, and other members of the community who are interested in crime prevention. 

These courses are now accredited through the International CPTED Association!

The Basic CPTED course in April 2020 has been postponed at this time.  If you were registered and received a confirmation letter, you will be notified of the new dates as soon as they become available. 

We are accepting registrations for the Basic CPTED course October 20-22, 2020.

The Advanced CPTED course will held be June 9-12, 2020.    Please note that CPTED Basic is a pre-requisite for the CPTED Advanced course. 

For further information regarding CPTED please contact Cst. John Beatson at 780-421-3422 or Sgt. Paul Looker at 780-421-2860 or CPTED@edmontonpolice.ca