For further information about CPTED, please contact:
City of Mississauga,
Planning and Building Department,
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga ON L5B 3C1
Tel: 905-615-3200 ext. 5522
There are three overlapping CPTED design strategies.
- Natural access control is a design strategy that is directed at decreasing crime
opportunity. The primary thrust of an access control strategy is to deny access to a crime
target and to create a perception of risk in offenders. This is best accomplished by directing
normal access to observable areas and preventing access to unobservable areas. Glazing and
proper placement, selection, and maintenance of plant materials should be considered to
maximize natural surveillance opportunities.
- Natural surveillance is a design strategy that is directed at keeping intruders under
observation. Designing for natural surveillance involves providing ample opportunity for
legitimate users, engaged in their normal activities to observe the space around them .
- Territorial reinforcement is an "umbrella" design strategy that realizes that
physical design can create or extend a sphere of influence so that users of a property develop
a sense of proprietorship over it and potential offenders perceive that territorial
"Territoriality" is a concept intended to clearly delineate a space as public, semi-
private, or private space and to create appropriate ownership of that space. It will often
embody natural surveillance and natural access control strategies.
For a copy of the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles
please see the attached link to the Peel CPTED Advisory Committee.