SafeGrowth® — Safety Planning in the 21st Century Neighbourhood

SafeGrowth is an integrated method for planning safe neighbourhoods. It incorporates neighbourhood governance, sustainability and safety into planning and urban design practice.

In this course, you'll first learn 1st and 2nd generation CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The SafeGrowth approach then expands to include:

  • neighbourhood wellness and cultural activities to build cohesion
  • overcoming obstacles to conflict resolution using emotional intelligence
  • SafeGrowth® planning and community accords
  • co-planning with community groups
  • tipping point effects, such as land use impacts
  • assessing risk and computerized mapping for crime patterns
  • implementation strategies and safety networks
  • safety audits, asset mapping, lighting and landscape analysis
  • real-life project application and feedback
  • This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

    Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
    Surrey 4 Gregory Saville
    Tarah Hodgkinson
    Jon Munn
    $997.50 40 -

    This three-part program is organized as follows:

    • Part 1 (June 8-9) — Primer Workshop
    • Part 2 (Teamwork) — Field Project. Teams apply what they've learned to problem areas in specific places. Expect to meet up at least once at the site with your team, as well as participating in follow-up discussions.
    • Part 3 (July 6-7) — Advanced Workshop

    You'll be led through the process by a team that includes urban planners, a criminologist and a former police officer.  

    Crime is complex. 1st Generation CPTED cuts crime opportunities by modifying the physical environment with planning and architecture. 2nd Generation CPTED adds neighbourhood-building strategies to sustain prevention efforts. SafeGrowth® digs even further at the roots of crime by transferring solutions like these to local groups so they can co-create plans with police and the city.

    What will you learn?

    Part 1

    • Describe the basic elements of SafeGrowth
    • Describe how proxemics works and how it fits into 1st Generation CPTED
    • Describe application of basic 1st Generation CPTED, including lighting and landscaping, and advanced 1st Generation CPTED, including reviewing site plans
    • Describe the general principles of 2nd Generation CPTED

    Part 2

    • Apply basic and advanced 1st Generation CPTED
    • Conduct a risk assessment including collecting and analyzing real-world data, site visits, safety audits and CPTED reviews

    Part 3

    • Describe how to apply 2nd Generation CPTED
    • Teach 1st and 2nd Generation CPTED to others
    • Demonstrate how to use the Risk Assessment Matrix
    • Use effective methods to assemble and conduct a CPTED project with a diverse group
    • Work productively with a diverse group, including developing strategies to overcome implementation hurdles

    Who should take this course?

    Anyone engaged in crime prevention including:

    • City planners, architects, landscape architects
    • Police, safety officers, security personnel
    • Parks planning/maintenance staff
    • Facilities and campus managers
    • Community association leaders

    How will you learn?

    • Lectures
    • Walking tours
    • Case studies
    • Site analysis
    • Small group discussions
    • Field project
    • Group presentations

    Textbooks and learning materials

    We will provide custom course materials.

    Professional development credits

    AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration. This program also prepares you for professional CPTED certification with the International CPTED Association (ICA).



    "The public peace of cities is ... kept primarily by an intricate network of voluntary controls and standards among people themselves."
    — Jane Jacobs

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    "The public peace of cities is...kept primarily by an intricate network of voluntary controls and standards among people themselves."
    —Jane Jacobs