Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in NEIGHBORHOODS, RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL SETTINGS:
Often the safety measures taken in subdivision communities, such as high fences and
video-monitored gates, can have a negative instead of positive effect on residents. The
presence of security devices implies a need for them. CPTED guidelines, when applied to neighborhoods, can create a safer environment without the use of the more common,
intimidating methods. For instance, streets designed with gateway treatments, roundabouts, speed bumps, and other "traffic calming" devices establish territories
and discourage speeding and cut through traffic. And by keeping public areas
observable, you are telling potential offenders that they should think twice before committing a crime. Criminals prefer low-risk situations, and public visibility increases the chances a perpetrator will be caught. These measures are simple, inexpensive to
implement, and will have a much more positive effect on residents than gates and bars.