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Place-based CPTED for Safe Trails

This webinar will provide the history, background, and core learning objectives of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

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May 07, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

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    Webinar Outline

    This webinar will provide the history, background, and core learning objectives of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED is a proactive technique in which the design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear of and incidents of crime and unwanted behavior. Presenters will introduce participants to CPTED principles, public education techniques, and programmatic and operational measures for improving public trails. Strategies for how to use crime data and partner with local law enforcement when working on trail projects will also be included.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding of CPTED and how it is applied to public space and trails
    • How the psychological design of space can influence user decisions
    • How placemaking can be used as a crime prevention method
    • Programmatic and operational strategies that use CPTED


    This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


    Webinar Partners


    Brittain Storck, PLA, CPD, Principal, Alta Planning + Design

    Brittain (Britt) Storck has established her landscape architectural career around greenway and trail placemaking, natural resource-based recreation projects, and active community design and planning for 15 years. She co-chairs Alta’s National Trail Service Area, leads the firm’s east coast Landscape Architecture practice, and is a national expert on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Britt has worked collaboratively with engineers and planners, urban designers and in a volunteer capacity across the country to develop projects that activate communities and improve the quality of life. She has the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) credentials obtained through the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP) training program. Individuals with this designation are qualified to identify strategies and concepts for projects that effect human behavior and influence a project’s real and perceived safety. CPTED experts perform field assessments and site plan reviews, write CPTED ordinances, author design guidelines, and provide overlay districts for planning and zoning.


    Faith Kistler, CPD, Police Analyst, St. Louis County Police Department

    Faith Kistler is a Police Analyst with the St. Louis County Police Department. As a Police Analyst she identifies and maps crime data, while looking for patterns and trends. She performs analyses, data munging, and data visualization on all forms of police related data. Faith has the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation. With this certification Faith has performed several assessments in the St. Louis County region.


    Webinar Resources

    Author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961). Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006:

    Author “CPTED: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” (1971). C. Ray Jeffrey, 1921-2007:

    Author of “Creating Defensible Space” (1973). Oscar Newman, 1935-2004:

    Rail-Trails and Safe Communities: The Experience on 372 Trails Rails to Trails Conservancy & National Park Service 1998 Rails-Trails and Safe Communities, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (1998) - Comparison of crime statistics on and off trails (see Table 1)

    Preliminary Assessment of Crime Risk along Greenways in Charlotte, North Carolina 1994-2004 Walter Martin, Tom Ludden, Owen Furuseth, Shane Nixon Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte 1994-1996 2001-2004 2005

    GreenwayCrime04_paper from UNCC.pdf

    The impacts of rail-trails: a study of Roger Moore, Alan R. Pennsylvania State 25 users and nearby property owners from three trails Graefe, Richard Gitelson, E. Porter University and the National Park Service 1992

    Bicycle Plan 1999: Reviewing the Past, Planning the Future City of Vancouver Engineering Services 1990s (various) 1999

    Recreation Trails, Crime, and Property Values: Brown County’s Mountain-Bay Trail Brown County Planning Commission 1980-1998 (various) 1998

    Omaha Recreational Trails: Their Effect on Property Values and Public Safety Donald L. Greer University of Nebraska with support from the National Park Service Late 1990s 2000

    The Impact of the Brush Creek Trail on Property Values and Crime Michelle Murphy Sonoma State University 1983 - 1992 1992

    The Effect of Greenways on Property Values and Public Safety Sydney S. Macy, Leslee Alexander, Stuart MacDonald The Conservation Fund and Colorado State Trails Program 1995

    Effects of Three Cary Greenways on Adjacent Residents Lauren A. Tedder Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill early 1990s 1995.

    Evaluation of the Burke-Gilman Trail's Effect on Property Value and Crime, City of Seattle (1987) - "The existence of the trail has little, if any, effect on crime and vandalism..." (p. 3)

    The Effects of Greenways on Property Value and Public Safety, Colorado State Parks (1995) - "No public safety issues could be directly linked to the trail." (p. 3)

    Study: Cars in Prospect Park Means More Danger, Not Less Crime (2001), Transportation Alternatives - "Cars in the park means more danger, not less crime. Runners, walkers, cyclists or other park users are much more likely to see and deter a crime than a driver speeding past."

    Crewe, K., 2001. Journal of Urban Design 6, 3:245-264. “Linear Parks and Urban Neighborhoods [sic]: A Study of the Crime Impact of the Boston South-West Corridor.” Study examined crime along 5-mile greenway in Boston. No significant increase in crime was found for those living next to the corridor. In fact, there was less crime, as compared to houses bordering quiet commercial streets, and significantly less crime than for those buildings abutting a busy arterial street.

    Univ. N. Carolina, Charlotte. 2005. Preliminary Assessment of Crime Risk along Greenways inCharlotte, NC 1994-2004. A systematic analysis of property crime on or adjacent to a greenway during a 4-year period within Mecklenburg County, NC. Data suggest that greenway-adjacent properties do not incur greater risk of crime than other properties within the same neighborhood statistical area. On the contrary, greenway-adjacent properties had lower crime rates 75 percent of the time and in one year 2001, greenways actually appeared to be safer than the broader community.

    Greenways and Crime on Nearby Properties: An Investigation of Reported Crimes along Three Greenways, UNC Chapel Hill Master Thesis (2005) - "...although the Lower Booker Creek Trail did not increase the crime rate in the surrounding area, crime may have fallen more had the trail not been present. However, the examination of incidents occurring on the parcels within 150 meters of the trail does not support that conclusion. The proportion of incidents in the study area that this trail buffer captured decreased from 12 percent to 10 percent after the trail was completed (see Table 3), indicating that the crime rate for the buffer decreased even more than for the overall study area. " (p. 30)

    Heritage Rail Trail County Park - 2007 User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis, York County Department of Parks and Recreation (2007) - Almost 92% of users rated trailsafety and security as being good to excellent

    Perkiomen Trail: 2008 User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (2008) - Over 85% of Perkiomen Trail users rated safety and security along the trail as being good to excellent.

    Bucombe County Greenways and Trails Master Plan, Connect Bucombe (2012) - “The incidence of crime along the Mallard Creek Greenway and adjacent properties was nearly half that of the surrounding police district and only 12.7% of the countywide crime rate (1997 study). An extended study explored recent crime rates along all 14 greenways in Mecklenberg County between 2011 and 2003. The data suggest that greenway-adjacent properties do not incur greater risk of crime than other properties within the same neighborhood statistical area. On the contrary greenway-adjacent properties had lower crimes rates 75% of the time.”

    The 606 Helped Reduce Crime In Neighborhoods Closest To Trail, Study Says

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    American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH)
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