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On Wednesday, June 12, the Urban Design PPN hosted a conversation, Preventing Crime with Environmental Design: CPTED Strategies for Landscape Architects, with Brittain Storck, ASLA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design. As a greenway and trail expert and NICP CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) professional, Storck shared methods for enhancing trail security and safety perceptions through environmental design. 

The webinar recording and presentation file are both available for on-demand viewing on the Urban Design PPN Resources webpage.

Since public spaces are often community focal points, crime and unwanted behavior can be perceived differently than crime on the street—it may generate more attention that prevents or inhibits the use and intended activity. CPTED is a proactive crime-fighting technique in which the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of and incidents of crime. Using a multi-disciplinary, multi-pronged approach, law enforcement, landscape architects, city planners, engineers and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety for public space. This presentation explores methods to prevent crime through environmental design, highlighting CPTED design challenges, using programs and partnerships to build a safety network, and specific strategies for designing out crime.

Speaker:
Brittain Storck, ASLA, PLA, CPD, Principal, Alta Planning + Design

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