Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design

Launched in 2015, the Tulsa Crime Stopper’s CPTED program assesses the design and use of the built environment and makes recommendations that lead to a reduction of crime incidences.  It improves the quality of life in and around a community. If a site is laid out well the likelihood of it being targeted for crime can be reduced. We currently employ Northeast Oklahoma’s only CPTED Certified Professional. Our professional works with for-profit businesses, neighborhoods, and non-profit organizations assessing their environments.

A location is surveyed utilizing target hardening, time tested criteria including but not limited to; natural surveillance, access control, territoriality, and maintenance.  Upon the completion of the assessment, customers receive a detailed hard and digital copy report that details their environments strengths and weaknesses in regards to crime prevention. CPTED is an internationally accepted crime prevention method used by governments, and private entities, around the world.

To obtain a request for a consultation of assessment for your neighborhood or business contact us at 918-585-5209 for more information.

Below information retrieved from the National Crime Prevention Council (

What is CPTED?

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theories contend that law enforcement officers, architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start. CPTED’s goal is to prevent crime by designing a physical environment that positively influences human behavior. The theory is based on four principles: natural access control, natural surveillance, territoriality, and maintenance. NCPC’s course helps participants put the theories behind CPTED into action in their communities by designing a hands-on, interactive, two- or three-day basic or advanced training specifically tailored to their community’s needs.

What are the benefits?

Community residents will have

  • Opportunities to play meaningful roles in community crime prevention
  • Improved sense of security and quality of life through reduced fear of crime
  • Fewer crimes committed in neighborhoods, fewer victimizations of residents
  • Increased interaction among residents and stronger neighborhood bonds
  • New crime prevention and problem-solving skills and enhanced knowledge of city government agencies and other resources

Municipal leadership will see

  • Less crime in neighborhoods and business areas
  • Improved perception of safety and livability in public areas and neighborhoods
  • Enhanced consideration of public safety in planning, development, and redevelopment projects

Law enforcement will benefit from

  • Sustainable links with planning, development, code enforcement, and other local agencies
  • Clarification and action on neighborhood priorities related to crime and quality of life
  • Opportunities to play meaningful roles in community crime prevention
  • New crime prevention and problem-solving initiatives

Business leaders/owners will gain

  • Safer locations that are more attractive to customers and employees
  • Enhanced problem-solving partnerships with local government and community members

Planners/architects will gain

  • A greater role in designing the environment; CPTED is recognized as an acceptable component of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or Green Building
  • A holistic approach to the development and planning process

Specialized sessions can include

  • Multifamily housing
  • New housing and retail development
  • Parks and other public spaces
  • Public parking garages and decks
  • Schools and churches
  • Youth involvement with CPTED


 Tulsa Crime Stoppers is a program of 501c3 nonprofit, Crime Prevention Network, Inc. Through the generous support of individuals, communities, corporations and foundations, we remain Tulsa’s leading public safety non-profit since 1971.  Your gift helps us ensure a safe and successful future for all ages of Tulsa’s community.