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CPTED Consulting

Crime prevention through environmental design

Matryx are qualified CPTED consultants and consult widely on preventing crime in the built environment.

What is CPTED?

The Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principle is widely used by security and law enforcement agencies across the world as a proven tool for crime prevention. It’s a methodology for considering how the environment and building design aspects can influence the security of your property.

First line of defence in property security

CPTED principles have four interrelated elements

Natural surveillance

A design strategy to keep intruders easily observable, making them less likely to commit criminal acts.

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Territorial reinforcement

Focuses on the physical design which is made to create or extend a sphere of influence, such as fencing and landscaping.

Natural access control

Designing streets, footpaths, building entrances and gateways to physically guide people through a designated route.


Deterioration and lack of maintenance of an area can indicate to intruders that a greater tolerance of disorder is allowed.

CPTED guidelines – our approach

CPTED improvements alone will not address many of the issues being experienced by business and governments today. For example, the installation of new fences won’t bring any improvements if gates are not closed each night. Security failings can be related to design and process, structure and governance.

That’s why we take a logical and holistic approach when undertaking CPTED reviews for our clients. Our recommendations include additional context and recommendations that you might consider to be beyond the scope of traditional CPTED reports but are critical to the success of the review, and in preventing crime.

Some of the questions our CPTED reviews consider:

  • Does lighting evenly illuminate the area or create shadows?
  • Are there any lights broken or other signs of poor property maintenance?
  • How well are pedestrian walkways illuminated?
  • Are there opportunities for concealment?
  • Does landscaping block sightlines?
  • Is it easy to predict when people will be around?
  • Will people feel safe in this environment?
  • Do structures and buildings positively or negatively contribute to crime reduction?

CPTED example

Is your landscape making you vulnerable to crime?

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