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Teaching Kids To Help Design Out Crime. National Crime Prevention Council 2006. Welcome and Introduction. Who are you?. Where are you from? What is your background?. Why are you here?. Objectives. Learn the definition of CPTED Understand the four key CPTED principles

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teaching kids to help design out crime

Teaching Kids To Help Design Out Crime

National Crime PreventionCouncil2006

welcome and introduction
Welcome and Introduction

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who are you
Who are you?
  • Where are you from? What is your background?
  • Why are you here?

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  • Learn the definition of CPTED
  • Understand the four key CPTED principles
  • Learn how children and youth can be involved in CPTED
  • Identify the strengths of youth-adult partnerships
  • Learn CPTED activities for your community
  • Learn CPTED teaching strategies

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formal definition

Formal Definition…

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the proper design of the physical environment to reduce fear and the incidence of crime and improve the quality of life.

simply put

Simply put…

CPTED is using common sense to design and build an area so it feels safe and is safe.

When CPTED principles are applied, people who use an area feel safer and would-be criminals are discouraged from committing crime.

visioning experience
Visioning Experience

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two scenarios
Two Scenarios
  • Imagine a safe community.
  • Imagine an unsafe community.

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in order for a criminal to commit a crime
In order for a criminal to commit a crime…
  • the following three factors are necessary:
  • The desire to commit the crime
  • The ability to do it
  • The opportunity to do it

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by using cpted strategies we can start to design out crime
By using CPTED strategies, we can start to design out crime

by modifying…

  • Manmade features
  • Natural features

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four key principles of cpted
Four Key Principles of CPTED
  • Access control (coming and going)
  • Surveillance (keeping watch)
  • Territoriality and maintenance (showing we care and watching everywhere)
  • Activity support (having fun, studying, reading, walking)

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access control
Access Control
  • Natural Access Control describes how people get into and out of an area in order to keep would-be criminals out of the area.
  • Use barriers such as entrances, exits, fences, and landscape to prevent people from entering private or dangerous areas.
  • Know who is currently in a building or other space.

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Natural surveillance strategies provide people with ways to watch an area.

  • Remove hiding places, add lighting or benches, trim bushes, and bring more people to the area so that it can be easily seen and protected.

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territoriality and maintenance
Territoriality and Maintenance
  • Territoriality and maintenance are ways that people show that they own or care for an area.
  • Mark clear boundaries with such things as fences, art, signs, and landscaping.
  • The way we say “this is our space and we care about it and who uses it.”

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activity support
Activity Support

Activity support promotes positive and appropriate events and behavior in an area.

  • Play in a park, eat in a restaurant, park vehicles in a parking lot.
  • Have a clear idea of how space

should be used to enable planners to decide what to put there.

  • Remember, the way an area is used depends on what is in that area.

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What can kids do?

Children and youth can contribute to CPTED efforts.

  • Children and youth have “insider” information.
  • Children and youth have a desire to help out and volunteer.
  • Young people have the skills to do what needs to be done and can design and lead elements of community safety projects.
  • Children and youth can reach their peers.

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who is walking the streets playing in the parks and using community facilities
Who is walking the streets, playing in the parks, and using community facilities?

Children and Youth

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what are the benefits of youth and adults working together
What are the benefits of youth and adults working together?
  • They learn new things about each other.
  • Each group contributes its own skills and knowledge base.
  • More ideas lead to better results.
  • It creates a dialog between children and adults about safe and unsafe places in the community.

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Involvement = Ownership

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how to involve children and youth in cpted
How To Involve Children and Youth in CPTED

Share the following ideas for involving young people in CPTED-based safety efforts in your community:

  • Create a drawing exercise to teach about CPTED.
  • Conduct a walk-around safety search.
  • Join forces with Neighborhood Watch groups.
  • Create a check-in desk at a community center.
  • Petition for better lighting in a park or playground.

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mcgruff s cpted library
McGruff’s CPTED Library
  • Designing Safe Spaces: Involving Children and Youth in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • How To Help McGruff®! Service Projects for Children To Make Communities Safer
  • Designing Safer Communities: A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Handbook

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want to learn more about designing out crime in your community
Want to learn more about designing out crime in your community?

The National Crime Prevention Council offers CPTED training for community groups, law enforcement professionals, city and private planners, architects, government officials, school administrators, and other crime prevention practitioners and leaders who are looking for innovative ways to prevent crime in their communities.

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Youth Crime Watch of America – www.ycwa.org

National Criminal Justice Reference Service – www.ncjrs.gov

Bureau of Justice Assistance – www.usdoj.gov/BJA

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1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Thirteenth Floor

Washington, DC 20036



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