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GV @ RealEstateTO 1: CPTED and its relevance in the Real Estate industry

We were excited to speak about CPTED - Crime Prevention through Environmental Design at RealEstateTO's first inaugural event in Toronto on Jan 20, 2023.

Here is a link to the event - which featured other great speakers and industry insiders:

What is CPTED?

It is a set of design principles that aim to reduce the opportunity for crime and increase the perception of safety in the built environment.

The principles of CPTED are based on the idea that the design and layout of the physical environment can influence human behavior and can be used to deter criminal activity. Why is CPTED important in Real Estate? • Buyers will benefit from understanding crime and how to prevent it

• Realtors will be able to evaluate properties better

• Owners will be able to address vulnerabilities related to their properties

• Investors will be able to make more informed decisions on risk/reward

Natural Surveillance

Designing homes and neighborhoods in a way that allows natural surveillance by neighbors and passersby can help deter criminal activity. This can be achieved through the use of windows, porches, and other features that allow for visibility into and out of the home.

Natural Access Control

Limiting access to residential homes and neighborhoods through the use of gates, fences, and other physical barriers can help to deter crime.

Territorial Reinforcement

Designing homes and neighborhoods in a way that clearly defines the boundaries between private and public spaces can help to establish a sense of ownership and responsibility among residents, which can discourage criminal activity.

Property Maintenance

Ensuring that homes and neighborhoods are well-maintained and free of physical disorder can also help to deter crime. This includes keeping yards clean and free of debris, maintaining buildings and structures, and addressing graffiti and other signs of vandalism.

Legitimate Activity Support

Activity support promotes the use of the area by the community, playing in the park, picnics. This includes design and signage to encourage the intended patterns of use.


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