With warmer weather ahead, a time when property crime is more prevalent, the Alberta RCMP encourages property owners to consider the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) when conducting maintenance work or planning renovations.
The design principles behind CPTED reduce opportunities for crime, and the RCMP believes that adjustments to a home or business can deter criminals by making it more difficult for the crime to be committed.
“Citizens play a critical role in keeping their communities safe,” the Chief Superintendent said. Peter Tewfik, Alberta RCMP officer responsible for community safety and well-being. “By using CPTED principles and making simple changes to your property, you can help reduce property crime in Alberta. »
The RCMP offers the following CPTED advice to owners and businesses:
- Trim your trees and shrubs – Trim the bottom of trees to allow clear visibility from inside your home to the curb or edge of the property. Additionally, keeping your bushes and shrubs short eliminates potential hiding places.
- Lighting – Consider installing LED or motion sensor lights around your property. Ensuring your home is adequately lit at night deters criminals for fear of being seen. Solar lights are a great option for illuminating the most remote areas of your property. Also, leaving the lights on in the house when you’re away can give the illusion that someone is home.
- Cameras – Install outdoor cameras around your property. Even the perception of someone watching can be enough to deter a crime.
- Lock up your outdoor valuables – After a long day of yard work, store your lawnmower and other tools in a locked, out-of-sight shed or garage.
The Alberta RCMP has a CPTED video playlist on YouTube, which can be accessed or viewed below:
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Addictions
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Natural Access
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Lighting
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Door Security
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Do Not Advertise
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Yard Maintenance
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – The Little Things