CPTED Consulting

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Our Designs Landscape Architects & Associates Inc. is committed to a high-quality urban environment.  The inclusion of services in crime prevention through environmental design is only natural given the user groups Our Designs designs for.  We are designing for children, seniors and people with disabilities and, while all three are perfectly able to go about their world, they are slightly vunerable either due to age and judgement, frailty, or mobility and sensory impairments.

We like to take a pro-active approach in fighting crime through design. Being able to design environments that aim to reduce or eliminate opportunities for crime before projects are built is powerful.  By collaborating with police and CPTED specialists, we will implement CPTED strategies during conceptual and design development to reduce crime, reduce fear of crime, and reduce nuisance behaviour. We generate reports with guidelines and recommendations, lighting plans, and we can do observation studies with proper authority, and thereby design to make a difference.  By understanding the requirements of our law enforcement teams to be able to conduct surveillance, we can design planting barriers that don't interfere with sight lines, selecting certain plant species that deter crossing boundaries, and we can design spaces that can deter crime from occurring.  No one can guarantee absolute freedom from crime.  Unfortunately, that is reality.

Honestly, universal design doesn't work that well with CPTED principles.  How can one allow access and keep the criminal out?  It is a continual struggle and yet compromise for public safety is not an option.  Each development design is created on a case - by - case basis as all crimes are highly situational.  Each development will have a different set of criteria to be addressed whether it is location, social and/or environmental.  Our objectives as designers are: 1) to enhance citizens' safety and feelings of well-being, 2) reduce opportunities for crime and nuisance behaviour with colour, plant material, lighting, ground material, and 3) strive to design the spaces that give prospect and safe refuge.  We can plant to prevent graffiti and vandalism which, if evident, causes fears about physical safety.

The bottom line:  implementing CPTED at the design and development stage has long term fiscal and social benefits for both the City and the property owner.  How?  By reduced calls for emergency and city services, as well as civic and private maintenance costs for properties and by increasing the public's perception of safety so they will buy in to a development or visit a place of business.  Our Designs can create changes through design inexpensively prior to construction because everything is still on paper.  We can incorporate meaningful CPTED strategies at the start and this will support safer developments as crime has a tougher time to gain a foot hold.

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