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Crime Free Home / Business

Keep your home and business crime-free with CPTED.

CPTED is “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” and is based on the premise that "The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime and incidence of crime, and to an improvement in quality of life."

CPTED promotes design principles in planned environments that encourage safe behavior and reduce the opportunities for crime to occur.

Tips for protecting your home

  • Use walkways and landscaping to direct visitors to the main entrance and away from private areas.
  • Keep shrubs and trees trimmed from windows and doors to improve visibility.
  • Use lighting over entrances.
  • Use thorny plants along fence lines and around vulnerable windows.
  • Join or start a Neighborhood Watch Program.

Tips for protecting your apartment

  • Ensure hallways are well lit.
  • Install good quality deadbolts and peepholes on unit doors.
  • Provide common spaces in central locations to encourage tenant interaction.
  • Join or start Apartment Watch in your building.

In your neighbourhood

  • Locate open spaces and recreational areas so they are visible from nearby homes and streets.
  • Avoid landscaping that might create blind spots or hiding places.
  • Make sure there is appropriate lighting.
  • Design streets to discourage cut-through or high-speed traffic.

At your business

  • Locate checkout counters near the front of the store, clearly visible from outside.
  • Window signs should cover no more than 15 per cent of windows to provide clear visibility into and out of the store.
  • Use shelving and displays no higher than five feet to help see who is in the store.
  • Avoid creating outdoor spaces that encourage loitering, and provide increased security and lighting in parking lots. Safe design enhances good design.

For more information on CPTED, contact the Brandon Police Service at (204) 729-2345.

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