Graffiti Prevention

Using CPTED to Prevent Graffiti
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a method used by architects, city planners, landscape designers, interior designers, and law enforcement officers to create a safer community through the physical environment.

CPTED's Four Strategies
  • Natural Surveillance - placing physical features, activities, and people in ways that maximize the ability to see what's going on
  • Access Control - using property located at entrances, exits, fencing, landscaping and lighting to discourage crime
  • Territoriality - using fences, pavement treatments, art, signs, good maintenance, and landscaping to express ownership
  • Activity Support - encouraging legitimate activity in public spaces to discourage crime
The Three-D Approach to Planning CPTED
  • Designation - What is the intended use of the area? What behavior is allowed?
  • Definition - What are the physical limits of the area? What are the borders between this area and public spaces? Is it clear which activities are allowed where? What risks can be anticipated and planned for?
  • Design - Does the physical environment support the intended use safely and efficiently?
Applying CPTED to Graffiti
CPTED techniques can help rid Wheat Ridge of graffiti through a variety of techniques, such as:
  • Improving lighting and landscaping
  • Putting up signs to identify neighborhoods
  • Restricting access to walls by planting ivy, thorny bushes or trees
  • Applying graffiti-resistant coatings to protect walls
  • Increasing lighting and visibility in vulnerable areas
  • Installing video surveillance to monitor isolated areas
  • Establishing a strong Neighborhood Watch Program