Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments to help deter offender decisions that precede crime and foster feelings of safety. A recent study from Texas A&M University found that a neighborhood’s overall sense of cleanliness and the visual qualities of buildings can provide visual cues of care that are associated with lower rates of property and violent crime. This sense of managed environment is integral to ensuring campus visitors feel safe and potential offenders are discouraged from making criminal choices on campus. The University of New Mexico’s 20-year Campus Safety Plan will address CPTED applications, incorporating access controls, video surveillance, and other campus safety recommendations in the ongoing work for the Integrated Campus Plan.
Sunday, March 26, 2023