Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a set of simple yet effective design rules you can apply to your home or business. In many instances, criminals seek out the easiest perceived target. However, by following CPTED recommendations, owners can make their property less appealing to burglars and vandalizers.
Use these CPTED-approved tips:
- Plant thorny bushes underneath windows to keep out intruders.
- Trim trees and shrubs to remove potential hiding spots.
- Use vines and planted wall coverings to deter graffiti vandalism.
- Use fencing to create boundaries and prevent access, but do not block all visibility.
- All windows and exterior doors should have locks.
- Pathways and sidewalks should be illuminated to the point where pedestrians' faces can be seen up to 20 yards away.