Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. CPTED is also known around the world as Designing Out Crime, defensible space, and other similar terms.
The International CPTED Association (ICA) is an international non-profit association. The ICA promotes the use of CPTED globally and supports local organizations, practitioners and communities that utilize CPTED principles to create safer communities and environments.