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PRKS 3130 - Crime Prevent Through Environmental Design

Parks Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course introduces learners to the principles of workplace and residential site inspections. Topics covered include a brief history of CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design), how to conduct site evaluations, strategies for reducing crime, and techniques on how to implement strategies for a safer neighborhood and workplace environment.



This course was retired after the Winter 2021 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - History of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

  • Describe the principles and early development of CPTED.
  • Define crimes as applied within the principles of CPTED.
  • Explain what is the main deterrent to crime.

Module 2 - Principles of CPTED

  • Explain the four principles of CPTED providing at least one example of each area.
  • Explain why the fortress mentality does not apply to CPTED principles.
  • Describe the four types of space in the Hierarchy of Space.
  • List two different ways of improving Natural Surveillance.
  • Describe the effect that graffiti has on the Territoriality Instinct.
  • Identify two different types of access controls used in commercial premises.

Module 3 - Area Surveillance and CPTED

  • Explain the importance of surveillance.
  • Explain the difference between natural surveillance in the community and the workplace.
  • List circumstances of when a call button would be used to summon assistance by an employee working alone.
  • List the two most popular pieces of office equipment as weapons of choice in the early 90s.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of neo-traditional housing from a CPTED perspective.
  • Explain the difference between a real and a psychological barrier.
  • Describe what is meant by incivilities.

Module 4 - CPTED in the Workplace

  • Explain the importance of enhancing natural surveillance in the workplace.
  • List five key factors involved with CPTED in the workplace.
  • Describe access control and the types of barriers found in the workplace.
  • List three essential elements for a safe area.
  • List five different types of space associated with the workplace.
  • Prepare an employee orientation checklist that covers the CPTED principles in the workplace.

Module 5 - Useful Materials and Technologies for CPTED

  • List common materials considered essential in target hardening premises as part of CPTED.
  • List the five key factors involved with CPTED.
  • Explain how technological changes have affected three of the key factors involved with CPTED.
  • List the correct procedures to complete a residential site evaluation.
  • Describe at least five evaluation areas for each of the five key factors involved with CPTED.
  • Explain the correct procedures to conduct a workplace evaluation.
  • Describe at least five evaluation areas that are separate and distinct from residential site evaluations.

Module 6 - Site Evaluation

  • Interpret actual sites or plan drawings from a CPTED perspective.
  • Utilize a checklist, inspect specific locations such as a residential area or workplace from both a CPTED and a crime prevention perspective.
  • List and explain how new technologies can help ensure that the five key factors in CPTED remain both efficient and effective.

Effective as of Fall 2003

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