Crime prevention through environmental design

CPTED, Ardrossan Rec Complex

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) can reduce and deter community and property crime. CPTED ("sep-ted") uses various strategies and tools to make properties unwelcoming to criminals. 

How does it work?

CPTED is a proven method to reduce crime and fear of crime by changing a property's physical environment. Specially-trained Peace Officers visit your property and conduct audits free of charge. While there, officers will provide recommendations that can help improve the safety of your business, property, clients and staff. Some things a Peace Officer may assess include lighting, fencing, landscaping and maintenance. 

CPTED principles

The four CPTED principles are territoriality, access control, maintenance and surveillance. Territoriality means maintaining a property that shows it is cared for. Access control assesses how people enter and leave the property, and surveillance includes ways people can be seen or can see in any space on the property. Peace officers consider the principles and many other elements to help you make your property safer and less welcoming to crime and criminals.

Who is eligible?

Currently, Enforcement Services is only offering CPTED audits to local Strathcona County businesses. They are evaluating ways to expand CPTED services to Strathcona County residents.

How do I get a CPTED assessment?

If you are a Strathcona County business owner, please contact Enforcement Services at the number below. They will work with you to set up a date and time to audit your property.


Enforcement Services
Location: 911 Bison Way Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 1S9

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Last updated: Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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