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FREE Home and Business Security Checks

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) security assessments are available free to the public by appointment through the Colorado Springs Police Department's Crime Prevention Officers.

Crime Prevention Officers have had extensive training and are certified to conduct CPTED security evaluations. There are four important CPTED design concepts which they will use when conducting a security evaluation of your property or business. Assessments are available for residences, apartment communities, churches, schools, businesses, and other facilities. Below is a brief overview of the four main CPTED design guidelines that our officers will utilize in conjunction with other survey elements while conducting your security review.

CPTED Principle #1: Natural Surveillance

Two-way visibility is the overall goal when it comes to CPTED and natural surveillance. A person is less likely to commit a crime if they think someone will see them do it. Appropriate use of lighting, fencing, and landscaping play an important role in CPTED.

CPTED Principle #2: Natural Access Control

Natural Access Control is more than a high block wall topped with barbed wire. CPTED utilizes the use of walkways, fences, lighting, signage and landscape to clearly guide people and vehicles to and from the proper entrances. The goal with this CPTED principle is not necessarily to keep intruders out, but to direct the flow of people while decreasing the opportunity for crime.

CPTED Principle #3: Territorial Reinforcement

Creating or extending a "sphere of influence" by utilizing physical designs such as pavement treatments, landscaping and signage that enable users of an area to develop a sense of ownership over it is the goal of this CPTED principle. Public areas are clearly distinguished from private ones. Potential trespassers perceive this control and are discouraged.

CPTED Principle #4: Maintenance

CPTED and the "Broken Window Theory" suggests that one "broken window" or nuisance, if allowed to exist, will lead to others and ultimately to the decline of an entire neighborhood. Neglected and poorly maintained properties are breeding grounds for criminal activity. Officers will work with you to develop a CPTED based maintenance plan to help you preserve your property value and make it a safer place.

For more information on CPTED please see the attached PDF file below.  To schedule a CPTED please contact your division Crime Pevention Officer, contact information to the left in the web drop down menu.