CPTED imageWhat 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 the 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
Greg Perkins from Liahona Security summarizes the four basic principles of CPTED. To learn more click on the link to watch a short presentation for each of the four principles.

Natural Access Control
Guiding how people enter and leave a space through the placement of entrances, exits, 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 offences 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. 

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 

The City is revising the CPTED program via the following steps:

  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 updated CPTED program will be relaunched this summer.

Apply for the CPTED Grant Program

The CPTED Grant Program funds eligible businesses and building owners in the Downtown BIA to improve their properties' surroundings and prevent criminal acts and unwelcome behaviour through CPTED-related improvements.

See the attached map for the program boundary.

Grants for 50% of eligible improvements, to a maximum of $10,000 per property, are available for application each year. 

CPTED Grant Program Application Package

CPTED Improvement Checklist

CPTED Grant Program Process Diagram Template



What's New
Jun 30, 2022 Canada Day 2022 Events
Jun 22, 2022 HOW’S THE WATER?
Jun 22, 2021 Summer Fire Safety
Feb 03, 2021 Calling young artists!
Jan 02, 2020 2019 Year-in-Review
Nov 01, 2018 New marine habitat
Nov 02, 2017 CRadvantage goes live!
Jul 25, 2017 Chalkfest returns!
Jun 30, 2017 Celebrate Canada Day!
Jan 09, 2017 2016 Year-in-Review
Dec 20, 2016 Tourism update!
Nov 16, 2016 Fire Chief for a Day
Oct 11, 2016 Afternoon garage fire
Sep 20, 2013 Walk-ability Survey
Sep 20, 2013 Tidemark grant in aid
Sep 21, 2013 ECAP
Sep 21, 2013 George Paul Passing
Sep 21, 2013 MyCity info update
Sep 21, 2013 Seed saving
Oct 08, 2013 Fire Prevention Week
Feb 24, 2014 Roads Update
Sep 24, 2014 Fall Fire Safety
Dec 18, 2014 Fawn Rd. house fire
Feb 06, 2015 Fire crews kept busy
Feb 26, 2015 Mobile home fire
Jun 26, 2015 New art summer camps
Dec 04, 2015 Storm Warning!
Jan 04, 2016 Jan. 1 City Currents
Jan 07, 2016 New Robron Field open!
Upcoming Events