Crime Prevention Assessments
Westlake residents can schedule to have their homes assessed using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts. The use of these concepts has been shown to lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime and an improvement in the quality of life. CPTED consists of four key concepts that overlap and complement each other: Natural Surveillance, Natural Access Control, Territorial Reinforcement and Maintenance.
Assessments can be scheduled Thursdays or Fridays, Noon to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Email jdancy@ westlakepolice.us to schedule.
The following are commonly used explanations of each of the four CPTED concepts:
This concept refers to the act of defending an individual's personal investment in or responsibility for a property. Here are some considerations for clearly defining your property:
Criminals do not want to be seen. To defend your property you must be able to see any illegal acts taking place. Placing physical features, activities and people in ways that maximize the ability to see what is going on discourages crime.
Answering the following questions could help you evaluate the visibility of your home or business.
Properly located entrances, exits, fencing and lighting can direct both foot and automobile traffic in ways that discourage crime. Access Control denies or restricts access to a crime target, and it increases the perceived risks of the offender by controlling or restricting their movement.
These factors can help you control access to your property:
By reducing opportunities for crime, one can inevitably reduce or eliminate the prevalence of crime. CPTED works by eliminating criminal opportunities in and around your property, making your property a less appealing target for criminals. Lack of maintenance tends to make people feel unsafe and feel that undesirable behavior occurs here.
The Police Department encourages its community members to do their part to establishing a safe and secure environment by incorporating these three basic elements into their security practices.