William Nesbitt, CPP, President of Security Management Services International; Security Consultant/Security Expert Witness, and a CPTED practitioner recently posted this on LinkedIn:
This is the justification as to why CPTED should be the Backbone of Any Security Plan.
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) should be an integral component of every security program. CPTED is an appropriate crime prevention strategy for almost every component of security design. CPTED is applicable to schools/ universities and houses of worship. CPTED is relevant for high-rise building, sports and entertainment venues and even residential communities. CPTED is appropriate to manufacturing enterprises, the biotech industry and healthcare facilities, such as hospitals. CPTED is a great fit for shopping malls, industrial parks and office parks.
The bottom-line, CPTED is strategic adjunct to any security program as a reasonable strategy to deter both the internal and external threat of criminality. To put it another way, the lack of CPTED will likely render, otherwise effective security programs as marginalized, especially those industries that regularly afford public access.CPTED, when properly applied, may potentially will likely be a counter against premises liability claims.
CPTED has been steadily on the rise for the last 30 years or so. CPTED affects human behavior by affecting perceptions. The goal CPTED is to discourage negative behavior, while encouraging positive behavior. This methodology is applicable to both internal and external environments. Internal criminality has been the downfall of many categories of business enterprises. External criminality can affect public perceptions, which may result in business failures and losses affecting reputation, including premises liability lawsuits. CPTED has the capacity to positive behavior motivator, while at the same time, discouraging negative behavior. The image below graphically depicts that perceptions are a relevant factor when perceptions regarding the efficacy of security programs are made.