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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) generally involves the integration of security measures into the built-environment (i.e. the “architecture”), based on certain fundamental principles in order to reduce the opportunities for criminal behavior and or illegitimate activities.  CPTED’s basic principles commonly include natural access control, natural surveillance, and territorial reinforcement.

In addition to the implementation of CPTED principles, maintenance and target-hardening measures will go far in improving the security level of the built-environment and the safety of its users.  Routine maintenance for example is necessary to ensure that individual components, assemblies, and systems all function as intended.  The lack of proper maintenance can result in an inoperable door providing for easy access into an otherwise secured area.  Target hardening measures might include the addition of locks, security systems, alarms, and fences, or the hardening of structural systems to prevent collapse in the event of an attack.

Although the “fortressing” of castles may be a viable approach to defending your domain, such measures are not typically feasible, or desired.  Today’s physical security measures require creative solutions for developing measures that not only meet an acceptable level of security performance, but also result in an aesthetically pleasing, and at times inviting environment.

Regardless of the facility type, The Physical Security Architects, Inc. is able to assist in developing and designing solutions that will increase the security levels of performance while remaining sensitive to the architectural functions and style.  We are available to provide our services for you on existing facilities and or planned facilities.  Contact us today – we can help.