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Police and Border Guard Board presents manual that helps preventing crime through environmental design

The project entitled HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/4000004321: “Development of existing urban design, planning and crime prevention methods and introduction of new ones to improve living environment safety (CPTED)” was active between 01.12.2013 and 30.11.2015, and involved eleven partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland.

The manual can be found here.

The project’s main aims were:

  • the development of existing CPTED methods in
  • partner countries;
  • raising the levels of professional knowledge for CPTED participants;
  • the creation of a network to improve cooperation and the exchange of
  • best practise;
  • the preparation of learning materials and a specific manual for police
  • officers;
  • a CPTED topic will be permanently included in the teaching programme
  • at the Academy of Security Sciences (Estonia) and the more active participation of
  • police officers in spatial planning processes.

The main purpose of the CPTED manual is to compose a practical CPTED handbook specifically for police officers who are taking part in the planning processes, and also for other officials who are responsible for ensuring a safe living environment. The main target group is police officers, and the aim is to write a handbook that helps police officers to understand the main principles of CPTED and which gives them practical knowledge of how to be involved in planning processes. For other officials and key stakeholders the manual will provide an insight of how and when police officers should be involved in planning processes and what expertise knowledge police officers can give when it comes to planning.

The manual’s key subjects are as follows:

  • how to understand CPTED and its key principles;
  • how to analyse the built environment in connection with crime, public
  • order, traffic safety, and fear of crime;
  • how to understand planning processes and related documents
  • how police officers can intervene in the planning process and making
  • suggestions

The manual is universal for all project partner countries (EE, FIN, LV, LT).

Authors of the manual:
Andres Levald (Estonia)
Martina Proosa (Estonia)
Jelizaveta Jekaterina Sibul (Estonia)
Toomas Paaver (Estonia)
Panu Lehtovuori (Finland)
Paul van Soomeren (the Netherlands)

The manual’s coordinator is Merli Klein (Estonia) and the project manager is Tarmo Viikmaa (Estonia).