CPTED imagePLEASE NOTE: The City is currently reviewing the CPTED Grant Program and grant funding streams will be placed on hold until 2023.

What is CPTED?

CPTED (pronounced sep-ted) stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. It focuses on simple and cost-effective design solutions to reduce fear and criminal acts from taking place in and around our built environment, while improving quality of life. CPTED strategies can be applied during the design and building, or to existing spaces, and should complement urban design quality in a way that encourages a sense of place.

View the City's CPTED brochure here for practical tips to help protect your property and assets against crime, and contribute to a safer, more vibrant community. 

CPTED Basic Principles


Natural Access Control
Guiding how people enter and leave a space through the placement of entrances, exists, fences, landscaping, signs, and lighting, applies principles of natural access control. By denying access to unobservable areas and potential crime targets, natural access control increases the perception of risk to an offender. 

Natural Surveillance
Design and placement of physical features, activities, and people can maximize visibility and surveillance. Criminal offenses decrease under the risk of being observed. Natural surveillance can also encourage positive social interactions, as people are likely to feel safer when they can see and be seen. 

Territorial Reinforcement
Clearly defining the boundaries between public and private property promotes ownership, can deter potential intruders and helps to identify acceptable behaviours in each space. 

Maintenance
The more run-down an area, the greater the risk of attracting criminal activity, while also driving away responsible users. Consistently well-maintained areas send a message that someone cares about and looks after the space, which deters criminals.

CPTED Service Delivery 
At the Sept 16, 2022 meeting, Council chose to implement a three-phased approach to improving overall CPTED service delivery in the community. The three phases are outlined below: 

1) Establishing a CPTED Best Practices Model through education and outreach efforts
2) Simplifying the CPTED Grant Program
3) Re-launching a Communications Campaign to promote CPTED grants

The City has recently begun working on Phase 1 and will be providing updates to this webpage as a Best Practices Approach is developed and introduced.

Notice of Free Educational Session on December 12, 2022
Members of the public and business community are encouraged to attend a free Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) education session on between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Tidemark Theatre on Dec 12, 2022. CPTED focuses on how we design our spaces to reduce fear and incidence of crime and improve quality of life. During this event, Greg Perkins from Liahona Security will explore CPTED strategies tailored to Campbell River and answer any questions participants may have. 

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Greg Perkins from Liahona Security


Applications for Downtown Façade and Signage Improvement grants are still being accepted, and the program will remain open while funds last. Development Services staff will work with applicants to ensure proposals fall within the Refresh Downtown Program guidelines. Visit Façade and Signage Improvement (campbellriver.ca) for an application form or contact the planning department at planning@campbellriver.ca

See the attached map for the program boundary

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