Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Applying Cpted Principles

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Applying Cpted Principles

Article excerpt

Let's apply the four principles of CPTED to the playground pictured.

1. Natural Surveillance: This factor isn't terrible. You can easily see the children from the parking lot. However, the hedge to the left is not the best plant for that area. Also the tall junipers behind the playground provide a hiding spot.

2. Natural Access Control: The lack of pathways makes access control difficult. There are no signals of "walk here" anywhere in this play area.

3. Territoriality: While not bad, it would be best to differentiate the play area from the parking lot. The hedge to the left, although the plant material is not the best choice, makes a good distinction between play lot and open field.

4. Maintenance: The overgrowth of weeds gives the area the feeling that it is not as cared for as it could be.

Now we will look at the same playground after some modifications have been made. The most typical modifications often suggested by police and even some of the scientific literature is the removal of vegetation.

1. Natural Surveillance: The problem trees and hedges have been removed, as are the tall junipers.

2. Natural Access Control: Here, pathways are present. People now have the cue to "walk here."

3. Territoriality: This is reinforced with the addition of lights and benches. However, some of the territoriality is lost with removing the hedge to the left. Now we are not sure of the playground's left boundary. The pathway defines the border to the right and the short hedge to the rear limits that direction. The benches allow parents to comfortably watch over their children.

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