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Red Deer County Patrol Officers have been conducting assessments based upon Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) at both commercial and residential properties within Red Deer County.CPTED, when implemented properly, increases the perception of risk to offenders by way of being challenged, observed or apprehended. It also increases the level of difficulty in committing a crime. Likewise, the risk of committing an act will begin to outweigh the reward. Proper design also makes would-be offenders uncomfortable in their surroundings and easier to detect.This can be accomplished by applying these principles:1) Natural Surveillance – the ability to easily observe the surrounding area. This includes lighting, the maintenance of trees and shrubbery and placement of windows.2) Territorial Reinforcement – creating a sense of ownership of a property by displaying either physical or psychological boundaries. Fences, hedges, and signage are several examples of territorial reinforcement.3) Natural Access Control – physically guiding property users by properly placed entrances, fencing and walkways. Anyone leaving these guided paths can stand out and can be challenged by owners and/or neighbors.4) Target Hardening – installing features that prohibit entry. Security systems, enhanced locks and thorny plants under windows are good examples.5) Maintenance – The overall upkeep of the property speaks volumes to criminals. Properties showcasing a lack of general upkeep can cause an offender to believe the owner may not care for his/her property. Therefore justifying to the offender that there is no victim, or they won’t care.For more information on the CPTED program or to schedule an assessment contact Red Deer County Patrol at 403.343.6301.