Getting Involved in Crime

Getting Involved in Crime

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Basic course
April 23 – 24, 2013
AMA Centre in Edmonton
presented by the Edmonton Police Service

Is it true that blue lights can help reduce crime? There are some reports say that there have been less crime in the areas where blue lights have been introduced in the streets. With the fact that colour strongly affects human behaviour, I am still not quite sure if this has been proven to the fact that blue colour is the only reason to make that change. However, it is interesting enough to keep in mind as an extra decision making factor.

Later in April 2013, the Edmonton Police Service offered a two-day course, which is the first part of the course, developed to introduce Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. These include access control, surveillance, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance. This classroom course focused on reducing crime opportunities by modifying the environment. The audiences were introduced to how the physical environment could have a direct relationship on human behaviour.

The presentation continued with a few pictures of the areas in Edmonton and asked the audiences to figure out all the possible attractions of potential crime targets. Nearly every aspect of the building and the site including lights, windows, building shape, entrance, doors, fencing, security cameras, and landscaping, were discussed.

CPTED principles are very important decision making factors, which I have to keep in mind throughout the design process. It affects the way of how I see the projects now, which can change the way people react to the physical environment.

The second part of the CPTED course is the Advanced training course which is planned for Fall 2013. I am planning to attend this course. – Byung Hee