Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Remains a Key Priority

Release date: 
March 8, 2021

Kamloops, BC – As part of ongoing efforts to provide a safe and livable community, the City’s Community Services Division, in partnership with the Crime Prevention Unit, have been actively engaging with local businesses to discuss and offer assistance with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach that uses urban and architectural design strategies to help deter criminal acts and provides businesses with important information on how to help keep their employees, merchandise, and property safe. CPTED can help to reduce and deter crime by using various tools, such as landscaping, lighting, sight lines, territoriality, and simple security measures, to make an area less welcoming for criminals and criminal activity.

Liaisons from the Community Services Division have undergone training in CPTED principles, including natural access control, territoriality (the usage of a space), management, and maintenance. During an analysis, the liaisons can provide recommendations to support property owners in their attempts to deter unwanted activity by altering the environmental design.

“CPTED is a key part of crime prevention and is only one part of our crime reduction goal," said Byron McCorkell, the City’s Community and Protective Services Director. "We all have a part to play, and by implementing simple changes to your property, business owners and homeowners can help reduce property crime in Kamloops."

To date in 2021, 91 businesses have been contacted, 11 CPTED assessments have been completed, and 2 presentations offering training and tips on how to deal with hostile/difficult patrons were made to businesses.

“Crime affects the entire community,” said Tammy Blundell, the City’s Community Services Manager. “Our intention is to continue to provide practical ideas and strategies through CPTED analysis and education that will help to keep the community safe and assist businesses in protecting their investments.”

City Council recognizes the importance of safety and security as a component of maintaining a vibrant, high quality of life for an inclusive, healthy, and diverse community.

To learn more about services offered or to submit a CPTED request, visit Kamloops.ca/CPTED.