Design OUT crime

We all want to, and have the right to feel safe at home and at work. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a concept used to evaluate the physical security of your house or work environment.  When implemented properly, whether at home or work, it will lead to a reduction of fear and crime while improving the quality of your life.


Natural Surveillance – criminals do not like to be seen and recognised so they will choose situations where they can hide and escape. Keep entryways to your home visible to prevent people from being able to sneak up/hide – take the right steps to increase the perception that people can be seen.

Territorial Reinforcement – create a clear distinction between public and private ownership. Intruders do not blend in – ensure you have “your space”; intruders are then on the defensive. The sense of owned space creates an environment where “strangers” stand out and are more easily identified.


Natural Access Control – criminals like to feel in control, so when fences, bushes, lights etc. are used the right way, potential intruders lose this feeling. Limit the opportunity for crime by taking steps to differentiate between public and private space. Selectively place fencing, lighting and landscape to limit access or control flow.


Target Hardening – make your property and home more difficult to enter. Maintaining fence lines, solid external doors, good locks, grills on windows etc. Maintenance is an expression of ownership. Adopt a zero tolerance approach to property maintenance, observing that the presence of a broken window or poor fencing etc. will entice criminals. The sooner repairs take place, the less likely it is that criminality will occur.