Last summer, I attended a weeklong course at the UMass Police Department on “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design,” often referred to by the acronym “CPTED,” a crime prevention theory that changes to the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of crime as well as an improvement in the quality of life. CPTED works by decreasing the ability to commit crime and increasing the chances that crime will be seen. CPTED goes beyond traditional security methods by naturally integrating security measures into the community to enhance quality of life, decrease fear of crime, and discourage crime.
This year, I’ve applied those CPTED lessons to number of projects in town. With the Amherst and UMass police departments, property managers and other partners, I have conducted CPTED reviews for local businesses, neighborhoods, and residential areas, with the goal of increasing safety for everyone. I also partnered with Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim O’Brien to produce a video introducing CPTED concepts to area businesses.