Designing out Crime is a crime prevention strategy which aims to reduce opportunities for crime through the design and management of the built and landscaped environment.
It is also known as CPTED (pronounced ‘sep-ted’), which is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. It is based on the theory that “the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life”.
Designing out Graffiti
Designing out Graffiti is about applying CPTED principles with graffiti reduction and prevention in mind. The WA Police Force Graffiti Team has developed an information resource for community members and asset owners on how to apply these principles to Design out Graffiti. Click here to download the Designing out Graffiti booklet.
The Graffiti Team have also developed a series of information guides on specific aspects of Designing out Graffiti. Click the links below to download the guides:
- Designing out Graffiti - Lighting and Surveillance
- Designing out Graffiti - Landscaping and Planting
- Designing out Graffiti - Protective Surfaces and Rapid Removal
Conducting a CPTED audit may assist in identifying areas where Designing out Graffiti principles can be implemented. Click here to download the CPTED Audit Checklist.
*Please remember to consult your local council in relation to any structural modifications/additions to your property, to ensure local building standards are met*
Etching and scratching
For more crime prevention resources, please visit the Western Australia Police Force Publications page.