Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Second Edition is a vital book for anyone involved in architectural design, space management, and urban planning. The concepts presented in this book explain the link between design and human behavior. Understanding this link can enable a planner to use natural environmental factors to minimize loss and crime and to maximize productivity. This practical guide addresses several environmental settings, including major event facilities, small retail establishments, downtown streets, residential areas, and playgrounds. A one-stop resource with explanations of criminal behavior and the historical aspects of design, it teaches both the novice and the expert in crime prevention how to use the environment to affect human behavior in a positive manner.

Key Features

Fully updated with substantial new material in each chapter Useful illustrations describe the design and layout concepts in an easy to understand manner Written by a well-qualified author in the field of crime prevention


An ideal resource for security managers, urban planners, and general security and law enforcement professionals responsible for securing localized environments as well as loss and crime prevention.

Table of Contents

Introduction to CPTED; Crime and Loss Prevention; CPTED Concepts and Strategies; Historical Precedents of CPTED; Behavior Precedents of CPTED; Using the Environment to Affect Behavior; Aesthetics; Environmental Cues; and Territorial Behavior; Examples of CPTED Strategies and Applications; Appendices; Glossary; Index


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About the authors

Timothy Crowe

Affiliations and Expertise

Timothy Crowe is a criminologist specializing in consulting and training services in law enforcement, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency and control, and major event law enforcement services planning. He has served in state government and with several consulting firms and has provided security services for Republican and Democratic national conventions.He has served as the Director of the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville and created NCPI's CPTED training program. Mr. Crowe received his M.S. in criminology from Florida State University.


Affiliations and Expertise

The National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI) is a division of the University of Louisville's School of Justice Administration, College of Urban and Public Affairs. It has served as the nation's educational and technical resource for the development of comprehensive crime prevention programs at the local, state and national level since its inception in 1971. They offer training programs on Crime and Loss Prevention Practice, Physical Security, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Private Security Management and Law Enforcement Gerontology.


Up-to-date examples of design solutions for crime prevention take center stage in this book. Particularly important are chapters in which poor CPTED designs are contrasted with effective ones, with clear sketches elucidating the informative text. This book has wide application beyond security professionals. Other stakeholders in the build environment -architects, engineers, designers, and end users - will also find this update primer invaluable. - Security Management