Crime stoppers

Preventing crime is not solely the job of locks on doors or security cameras scanning entranceways. The makeup of a physical environment can influence where crimes are committed. That’s why Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an essential component to the crime prevention strategy of any building or area.

Designed for safety

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure at home. However, building the appropriate security measures into residences can pose challenges. Budgets for locks, high quality doors, security systems and monitoring typically cannot compare with those available for commercial properties, and designers must also balance attractive features, such as large windows that embrace views, or plantings that create privacy against security. As noted by New York architect Barbara Nadel, author of Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design, “No one wants to live in an environment that resembles an armed camp.”