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July 19, 2012 | Community News
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Community members participate in “hands on” exercise during CPTED workshop.

Nearly 50 residents, planners, parks and recreation staff, police officers, safety officers and community advocates from Camden, New Brunswick and Trenton attended a three-day Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) workshop. Held at Middlesex County Community College on April 24-26, the workshop was co-sponsored by New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, ShapingNJ and the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College.

The curriculum focused on crime-reducing strategies through site design, landscaping, lighting and community engagement, among others.

Individuals participated in “hands on” exercises that included developing and reviewing site plans for parks using CPTED principles of natural access control, natural surveillance, territoriality, and maintenance.

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