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

Once overlooked as a minor and ineffective tactic in the mitigation and prevention of terrorism and violent crime, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) has undergone dramatic changes since the September 11 attacks. The most up-to-date reevaluation of CPTED since 2000, Designing Safe Communities with CPTED is a class that reflects updates and amendments to the rules for security in the built environment and presents the knowledge and practice of CPTED as applied to today’s world of threats, including street crime, workplace violence, and terrorism.

Taught by America’s premier architect, criminologist, and Certified Protection Professional, and boasting contributions from the world’s top CPTED practitioners, this course represents the first collection of CPTED information to be readily accessible to the architectural and law enforcement communities. Facilitating understanding across fields, it explains the architecture process to security directors and the security design process to architects.

Providing step-by-step guidelines for applying real-world concepts, principles, and processes for building security and CPTED, the course starts with the risk threat assessment and considers relevant factors and variables all the way through construction and post-occupancy evaluation. Highly relevant to critical infrastructure protection, the course demonstrates CPTED implementation in high-security environments, as well as public and private sector buildings, parks, ATMs, and schools. It addresses specialization in security system design and planning, crime prevention, blast mitigation, and chemical, biological, and nuclear threat protection.

The course is a practical resource and guide for architects, security directors, law enforcement, Homeland Security professionals, and building and property managers; Designing Safe Communities with CPTED addresses how CPTED is applicable to critical infrastructure protection in the continuing effort for homeland security. This class qualifies for architects to receive 30 AIA LU/HSW/SC and the State of Florida DPR, 40 CEU credit hours Florida DPR for Landscape Architects, and AICP 17 CM credits for urban planners and designers.

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

This class is worth 30 AIA LU/HSW/SD & State of FL CEUs

Contact us at: 866-518-5780 for information on class and enrollment details.