Crime prevention through environmental design most commonly referred to as CPTED (sep-ted) due to the cumbersome name, is a research-based concept that involves the use of relatively passive building design features and human practices to reduce the level of crime and the fear of crime.  CPTED involves three key areas:  1. Natural surveillance, 2. Natural access control, 3. Territoriality to make people safer.  CPTED is extremely well-suited for schools because it’s use improves the connectivity between people and the place of school, it improves school climate and culture and typically enhances other security strategies such as the utilization of security cameras.  See also, natural surveillance, natural access control and territoriality.

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