Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies are ideal for Public Health Professionals. Any professionals involved improving public health can apply CPTED to all projects as a cost-effective approach to reduce the opportunity for crime and encourage healthy community activities. Having public health professionals collaborate with architects, engineers, and planners to include CPTED principles at the design phase of community projects is the best way to create safe, sustainable, and healthy environments. CPTED can also be applied by public health professionals to existing community areas. Having public health professionals work with other community partners in applying CPTED in unsafe areas have been proven to lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in quality of life.
Many public health organizations are applying CPTED strategies in their communities to reduce opportunities of crime. This allows community members to safely participate in healthy activities in their community. These activities reduce the negative health impacts of inactivity and helps increase the positive benefits healthy activities can have on health. Having the NICP, Inc.’s CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) credential will help you create a CPTED assessment team, develop CPTED programs in your community through community engagement, and prepares you to apply CPTED principles in the field.