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Every 14.5 seconds someone in the United States will be
burglarized. Help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime by utilizing
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). A proactive approach
offered by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
C.P.T.E.D. works by eliminating criminal opportunities in and
around a property. A criminal may avoid giving it a second look if the
recommended precautions have been taken to ensure a safer property. There are
three things to consider when making your property safer: 1.) natural
surveillance, 2.) access control, and 3.) territorial potential.
When considering natural surveillance, ask
yourself: does landscaping or fencing obscure views from neighboring properties
or streets? Are there any adult-sized hiding spots around my doors or windows?
Are there areas of contrast and shadow around my building where intruders can
linger undetected? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions then you
need to improve your property's natural surveillance by changing your lighting,
landscaping, or fencing so intruders in your yard can be observed from the
Access control review is where you need to
take a fresh look at your property's access set up. Ask yourself: do people
routinely violate my property or fence lines? Do people access my property in
ways other than I intended? Do any existing access routes lack natural
surveillance? As a result of the placement of outdoor furniture, equipment,
utilities, or landscaping, is there potential to access a window or door/opening
that would be otherwise inaccessible?
Again if you answered "yes" to any of the questions, then your
property probably needs access control improvement. You can install fencing or
change landscaping to increase awareness if someone attempts to breach a
boundary of your property. Consider maintenance requirements and how it may
affect natural surveillance with maturity. When you choose landscaping, "harsh"
species (thorny) prove effective to ward off intruders.
Another avenue to consider is your property's
territoriality. Here you need to ask yourself: do strangers trespass on
my property regularly? Is my property used as a short cut? Does my property have
an unkempt or un-lived in look? Are there sections of my property that seem to
attract loitering? Again any "yes" response should increase your concern. Here
you must seek to extend a sphere of influence around your property. Businesses
and homes can do this by strategically placed flowerbeds, low fences, walls,
signage, and hedges. It also shows pride in ownership by regular maintenance.
Target hardening is another crime
preventative tactic to contemplate. Simply, you are making the target
harder to get to. The most common access point into a residence by thieves is
the front door, second is first floor windows. Door reinforcement using strike
plates, dead bolts, escutcheon plates, latch guards are additional security
features for consideration. In addition, security window locks, alarm systems
and types of security glass are excellent target hardening techniques. The most
overlooked security deterrent on the market now is security window film. It
slows down criminals from entering a premise while police are on route when
alerted by alarm companies. With break-ins, 60% are through glass, as they want
in and out as quickly as possible. It also prevents broken glass from entering
the inside of your premise, aiding in clean up. Consider glass security first
and then, door security.
If you are interested in scheduling a CPTED evaluation FREE of
charge. Contact the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Community Liaison Unit by
telephone at: 316-660-3920 or email us at
Criminal Justice Reference Service
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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