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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

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Applying Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles can make a significant difference in whether your business is perceived by criminals to be a good target. CPTED is the use of design to eliminate or reduce criminal behaviour. Small things like ensuring trees and bushes around your business are pruned so they can't provide cover for criminals, making sure doors and windows are unobstructed so criminals can be easily seen from inside the business or by passers-by outside, and installing proper lighting all contribute to making your business and community safer.

York Regional Police strongly urges business owners to invest in video surveillance equipment and to keep it well-maintained. Good quality images help police identify suspects, aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.