CPTED or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design can be an effective way of improving the security of a location. There are four important things to consider when implementing CPTED:

Natural Surveillance

“See and be seen” is the main goal with natural surveillance. Individuals are much less likely to commit a crime if they think they will be caught. Visible security signs, officers, patrol cars and video cameras can help to significantly decrease crime risk of a location.

Natural Access Control

The design of a property’s landscape and structures play significant roles in the locations overall security. CPTED utilizes walkways, fences, lighting and signage to properly direct foot traffic to and from entrances. Parking lots and parking structures are also important areas for Natural Access Control. Routes of travel should be clearly marked and proper lighting should be enforced.

Territorial Reinforcement

Territorial reinforcement is a design strategy that emphasizes that physical design can create or extend a sphere of influence over a property. The goal with this design feature is to clearly identify areas as public, semi-public, or private spaces and to create appropriate ownership of that space.


Maintenance is related to territorial reinforcement. Keeping an area well maintained significantly reduces the risk of crime in that location. The “Broken Window” theory emphasizes that one broken window will entice vandals to break another. This applies to CPTED and ensuring proper maintenance of a location.

To determine the right solutions for your security needs we suggest scheduling a consultation with one of our security professionals. We will work with you one on one to identify your needs and recommend the best security solution. CSS can provide a survey & a report of all your vulnerabilities for your property and assist you with securing it.