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Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is a method of preventing or minimizing crime in an area by methodically and purposefully designing the space. CPTED is a valuable adjunct to the SARA (scanning, analysis, response, assessment) problem-solving process for addressing persistent crime problems. It poses four questions: What is the problem (scanning)? Why here (analysis)? What can be done to solve the problem (response)? How well did our responses work (assessment)? CPTED has been one of many crime prevention strategies to show a great deal of success in reducing crime in an area. Many cities and counties now require that plans for new buildings be certified by the National Institute of Crime Prevention or some similar professional body for CPTED qualities. CPTED emphasizes five primary ...

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