What Is It?
C.P.T.E.D. (pronounced SEP-TED) is an urban planning tool that emphasizes the use of physical design features and land use characteristics to reduce or remove opportunities for criminal activity and to deter criminal behavior.
- TERRITORIALITY - Defining your property as YOUR space to make criminals feel unwelcome. It’s an expression of ownership and pride. Fencing is one component of Territoriality.
- NATURAL SURVEILLANCE - The intended users can observe the property. Effective lighting of a property is an example of natural surveillance.
- ACTIVITY SUPPORT - Placing activity where individuals become part of the natural surveillance.
- ACCESS CONTROL - Controlling and reducing the number of access points to a property. Gated communities are an example of access control.
- MAINTENANCE - Regularly scheduled maintenance routine will ensure the property demonstrates territoriality and natural surveillance.
Safe By Design vs. Retrofit:
Ideally, buildings in Scottsdale should be constructed with CPTED concepts built in. There are buildings that have already been built that must be retrofit to reduce criminal opportunities. For either safe by design or retrofit information, call either the Scottsdale Police Department at (480) 312-5696, or the Citizen and Neighborhood Resources Department at (480) 312-3111.