Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a method used by architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and law enforcement to create a safer community. Property owners repeatedly targeted by graffiti can look to CPTED as a cost-effective way to prevent graffiti.
The Office of Community & Civic Life’s Neighbor’s Together Program offers free consultation and training on CPTED techniques. Please visit Community Safety's website for more information.
Here are some examples of CPTED:
- Planting fast growing, low-maintenance, bushes or trees along sides of buildings. For example, “Rosa Rugosa” helps protect buildings and doesn’t need much attention once it is planted.
- Installing lattice-work trellises with vines on the side of the building to reduce open space.
- Improving outside lighting and commissioning murals to prevent unwanted tagging and graffiti.
As always, it is important to photograph, report, and remove graffiti as soon as possible (within 10 days, per Portland City Code 14B.80). Find out how to report graffiti here.
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