This video case study features two southeast Raleigh, North Carolina communities learning to apply the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in order to reduce the incidence of crime. This City-sponsored initiative was introduced as a pilot campaign at the grassroots level to engage citizens, encourage grassroots leadership, and showcase a community problem-solving process for lessening the occurrence of crime and improving the quality of life for impacted citizens.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this video case study, course participants will be able to 1) describe CPTED and its key principles, 2) observe a community problem-solving approach to crime prevention based on citizen-led site assessments, and 3) evaluate the effectiveness of creating crime prevention coalitions at the grassroots level to reimagine how public and private spaces in neighborhoods can be better maintained and used.

Target Audience

  • Neighborhood watch groups.
  • Homeowners associations.
  • Law enforcement personnel.
  • Government officials.
  • Public safety staff.
  • City/county planners.
  • Community activists.
  • Business leaders.


  • Participants are encouraged to take notes.

Course Content

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Personal Introductions
Lesson One: CPTED Overview
Lesson Two: Territorial Reinforcement
Lesson Three: Surveillance
Lesson Four: A Tale of Two Communities
Lesson Five: Grassroots Leadership
Lesson Six: Community Problem-Solving
Lesson Seven: Community Impact
Lesson Content