International CPTED Association
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED: pronounced sep-ted) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design.
The main goal of CPTED is to alter the physical design of the communities in which people reside and congregate in order to deter criminal activity.
CPTED uses planned strategies in neighborhoods and organized living communities to reduce the risk of crime. Natural surveillance strategies, such as: placing windows overlooking sidewalks and parking lots; creating landscape designs that provide surveillance, especially in proximity to designated points of entry and opportunistic points of entry; using transparent weather vestibules at building entrances; and security lighting act as crime deterrents.
Michael Mercer is a highly sought-after certified CPTED Practitioner, providing expert knowledge to architects, city planners, builders, and businesses to reduce the risk of crime and increase the value of properties, thereby increasing the Quality of life itself!