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Higher Education Campus Master Plan-Is CPTED practiced, policy, or both?

Does your campus Master Plan include Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles? Are CPTED principles practiced or policy on your campus? Do your students, faculty, and staff know what CPTED is and how it relates to the campus community environment?


Ensuring the safety and security of students on college campuses is a top priority for higher education institutions. One approach that can be taken to enhance campus safety is the implementation of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. CPTED focuses on creating a physical environment that discourages crime and promotes a sense of safety for all individuals on campus. By utilizing strategies such as proper lighting, natural surveillance, and landscaping techniques, colleges and universities can reduce the risk of criminal activity occurring on their grounds. Ensuring the safety and security of your campus is crucial for promoting a sense of well-being and peace of mind. Including CPTED in the Campus Master Plan enhances campus safety and security measures, educates the community on crime prevention through environmental design, and solidifies a long-term commitment to maintaining a safe campus environment.


To further enhance campus safety, here are several tips that higher education institutions can consider implementing:

  • Establish clear and visible campus boundaries to delineate the campus area and help control access.

  • Implement and enhance wayfinding, a system designed to help users navigate campus environments. It’s a solution for students, faculty, and visitors to find their way around a college campus with minimal confusion. Traditionally, physical signage has been used to guide people through complex pathways on unfamiliar terrain. However, in more recent times, adopting wayfinding software solutions with an interactive kiosk is an effective way for institutions to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable on campus as this option includes the ability to send campus timely warnings and alerts to each kiosk or specific targeted locations.

  • Lighting is crucial for safety and visibility, especially during late hours when students are walking to and from class or other activities. Adequate lighting can help prevent accidents and crime by providing a sense of security and visibility in parking lots, walkways, and other common areas. It is important for campuses to regularly assess and improve lighting infrastructure to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

  • Install security cameras in strategic locations, common areas, corridors, and outdoor spaces that are monitored and record activity on campus.

  • Controlled access systems help maintain the security of a building. Develop and enforce policies regarding visitor access to campus buildings and facilities.

  • Provide ongoing training for staff and students on personal safety and security procedures.

  • Engage in regular security assessments to identify and address potential vulnerabilities on campus. Maintain crime prevention through environmental design efforts and continue to educate students, faculty, and staff on the importance of those principles.


By incorporating CPTED principles and implementing these practical tips, higher education institutions can create a more secure and welcoming campus environment for students, faculty, and staff. Proactive measures such as proper lighting, surveillance, and access control can help deter criminal activity and promote a culture of safety on college campuses. With a focus on creating a safer campus through environmental design and security measures, colleges and universities can better protect their communities and provide a positive learning environment for all.


At Safeguard Strategy Crime Prevention Consultants we are Certified CPTED practitioners and have TxSSC Registered Auditors on our team. Contact us to learn more about CPTED, Security Assessments, Training, and more.





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