Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

We’ve all been there: in a well-used, well-maintained public place that feels safe and welcoming—or in one that feels dark, hidden, and uncomfortable. Did you know there’s an area of planning and design that focuses on factors that make public spaces safe or unsafe? It’s called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED, pronounced SEP-ted). It looks at how design elements such as lighting, landscaping, benches, and windows influence our safety and comfort level in public areas.

Beaumont is developing CPTED guidelines to ensure our parks, buildings, and other public spaces incorporate best practices in designing for safety. These guidelines will build on our current policies, including our statutory land use plans and the Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines, to provide more direction to the planners and developers creating inviting public spaces. The guidelines are expected to be complete in summer 2022.

Public engagement rounds 1 and 2 now complete

From November 13-21, 2021, we asked residents to visit our feedback boards, located throughout Beaumont, in conjunction with our Winter City Strategy engagement activities. These results were compiled and used to inform the project and its priorities. Read the What We Heard Report for more details.

In May 2022, we asked residents for their thoughts on the CPTED guideline themes at the May 7 Spring Kick-Off event and through an online survey. These findings will be used to finalize the draft guidelines and potential future community resources. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Related links

  • Interested in how CPTED can help make your property safer? Check out resources from the RCMP with practical tips you can apply at your home or business.
  • Beaumont is preparing a Winter City Strategy to improve winter activities, infrastructure and public places.