Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Our Smart Design, Safer Spaces initiative seeks to make Billings a safer city, one property at a time. The environment around us, including the built environment, influences our behavior and would-be criminals are no different. Certified CPTED practitioners from the Billings Chamber and the Downtown Billings Alliance can survey your property and identify ways the built environment on your property can be improved to deter crime and make you, your employees, and your customers feel safer.
So what is CPTED? Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is the proper design and effective use of the built environment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life. CPTED is a method of analyzing the design of the built environment to identify and address areas that may unintentionally allow improper and unsafe use of the space. CPTED acknowledges that all space has a defined purpose and can either function to promote appropriate use, or in the event of bad design, let abnormal behavior take place. By assessing the elements of natural surveillance, access control, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance, simple alterations can increase public safety.
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CPTED Security Surveys
Have Your Property Surveyed
The first step is to reach out to the Billings Chamber and sign up for an evaluation. Our staff, certified by the National Institute for Crime Prevention (NICP), will work with you to schedule an evaluation. That process is outlined below:
Initial interview with business (1 hour)
CPTED security survey (dependent on property size, between 1- 3 hours)
Presentation of CPTED security survey recommendations and written report to business (within 14 days 30 min)
Evaluation of recommended CPTED improvements (dependent on diligence of businesses to implement recommendations)