Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

The field of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) has been around since the 1960’s, but evolved into design and space management approach in the 1970’s. Dr. Atlas trained under C.Ray Jeffrey who wrote the original CPTED book in 1970 while undertaking his doctorate of criminology at FSU in the mid-1970’s. Atlas has taught CPTED at the National Crime Prevention Institute, University of Louisville all through the 1990’s and 2000’s, until developing a CPTED curriculum at Florida Atlantic University for architecture, criminal justice, and urban planning students. CPTED is the proper use of the built environment to reduce the opportunity and fear of opportunistic predatory type crime, and result in improving the quality of life where we live work and play. Atlas Safety & Security Design Inc., has had an international presence in the development and application of CPTED and security for architects, urban planners, developers, police, and security directors. Our services include:

  • Security Assessment of all building types including: office buildings, shopping centers, schools and universities, parking lots and garages, apartment complexes, gated communities, government buildings, parks and recreational areas, ports, airports, transportation hubs.
  • Threat and Vulnerability Risk Assessment Studies
  • Counter terrorism analysis
  • Infrastructure Security Analysis
  • Security Planning and Conceptual Design
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Planning & Training
  • Expert witness testimony on Premises Security Negligence Cases
  • Crime and risk analysis
  • Access Control and Barrier Design, Security landscaping and planting design
  • Design of Man traps, Vehicle Sallyports, Fence Systems, Explosion Resistance
  • Security Lighting Layout and Design, Photometric Studies and analysis
  • Security Design Criteria, Schematic Design, Bid Plans, and Specifications
  • Alarm and Communication Systems
  • Intrusion Detection
  • CCTV design
  • Perimeter Protection Systems
  • Conduit Sizing Riser Diagrams
  • Equipment Specifications
  • Command Center, Control Room Interface Design
  • Vendor and Contractor Qualification
  • Security Hardware Evaluation and Selection
  • Bid Analysis
  • Contractor Coordination and Field Surveillance
  • Security System Verification and Acceptance
  • Operations Test and Evaluation
  • Security and CPTED Training and Seminars

Our Security & CPTED Book

Designing for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Crime Prevention

21st Century 2nd Ed Book CoverBased on the tenets of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), the updated edition of this popular reference blends new design elements with the latest best-practice security measures. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings, the text emphasizes consideration of security aspects throughout the design process, including how to take stock of open spaces, avoid blind corners, and use landscaping to create secure spaces.

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CPTED Certification Class Offered

Atlas offers a world recognized CPTED Practitioners Certification program through Florida Atlantic University Insitute of Design and Construction. The professional version, is identical to the academic version taught to college students, just without the course credits. However, the professional version does have 30 AIA accepted Heath safety Welfare (HSW) credits for architects, and is accepted as a continuing education credit course for law enforcement certification, urban planners, landscape architects, security directors needing credits for their Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification from ASIS International. The course is offered every semester as an on-line E Learning class that upon your successful completion, issues a recognizable nationally accepted certificate signed by Randy Atlas Ph.D., FAIA, CPP.

Designing Safe Communities with CPTED

CPTED, or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is a holistic approach to design security into the built environment and make it more resilient and unattractive for incivilities, crime, violence, and terror. CPTED is based upon the concept that proper design and effective use of the built environment, can lead to a reduction in both the incidence and fear of crime (predatory stranger to stranger crime, and terrorism), while improving the quality of life (where we live, work, and play). CPTED strategies developed from this multi-disciplinary approach have been adopted by numerous professional organizations, and cities, internationally.  Designing Safe Communities with CPTED is a class that reflects the most current knowledge and practice of crime prevention into the built environment, and directly applicable to today’s world of threats and vulnerabilities, including street crime, workplace violence, and acts of terrorism.

Taught by America’s premier CPTED trainer, Dr. Atlas is a registered architect, criminologist, ASIS International Certified Protection Professional, and International CPTED Association CPTED Certified. This course represents the most complete and comprehensive collection of CPTED information to be readily accessible to the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, security, property management, education, and law enforcement communities. Facilitating understanding across different fields, this course explains the architecture process to security directors, and the security design risk assessment process to architects.

Providing step-by-step guidance for applying real-world concepts, principles, and practices on building security and CPTED, the course starts with the risk threat assessment and considers the relevant factors and variables, all the way through design, construction, and post-occupancy evaluation. Highly relevant to critical infrastructure protection, this course demonstrates CPTED implementation in high-security environments, as well as public and private sector buildings, parks, hospitals, shopping centers and retail environments, single family and multi-family housing, mixed–use environments, banks and ATMs, universities and schools. The course addresses specialization in security system design and planning, crime prevention, blast mitigation, chemical, biological, and nuclear threat protection. Participants will learn how to design, and apply the principals and practices of CPTED, and how spaces and planning influences behavior of the uses and users of facilities. Participants will have practical exercises and case studies, ultimately earning their Basic CPTED Practitioner certificate.

The course is a practical and realistic resource guide for architects, security directors, planers, law enforcement, Homeland Security professionals, building and property managers. Designing Safe Communities with CPTED addresses how CPTED is applicable to critical infrastructure protection, in the continuing effort to protect against growing threats against our homeland security.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive their designation as a CPTED Practitioner, and will have done hands-on practice in conducting CPTED assessments, plan reviews, and field-work. The Designing Safe Communities with CPTED course includes forty-hours of instruction in Basic and Advanced skills in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The course provides recipients with their CPTED Practitioner certificate that is accepted in Broward County, the State of Florida, and recognized nationally, and internationally.

Required Text: (available through the publisher:
Atlas, Randy. (2013) 21st Century Security and CPTED. 2nd Edition. CRC Press. Taylor
and Francis Group. Boca Raton.

Course Cost: $600

This class is worth 30 AIA LU/HSW/SD credits and State of FL DPR CEU’s for Architects, and 40 State of Florida DPR credits for Landscape Architects. The course also qualifies for 17 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (CM) for Planners. The Course qualifies for 40 CEU credits from ASIS International for security professionals. Persons completing the course are qualified to apply to the International CPTED Association, for CPTED certification, and the course fulfills a good portion of the required core competencies.

This course is not for college academic credit, but strictly for continuing education learning units. If you are interested in taking it for college credit please contact the FAU Office of Admissions for admission to the university and to register for the college credit course.