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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Have you ever wondered why some properties are victimized and others are not and what makes one property more susceptible to criminal attack than another?

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design holds some of these answers by providing a common sense way to improve the safety of your environment.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or C.P.T.E.D. (pronounced sep-ted), as it is more commonly known, is a proactive crime-fighting technique that believes that “the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime as well as an improvement in the quality of life." 

CPTED works by eliminating criminal opportunities in and around your property. By getting your property “right," a criminal may avoid giving it a second and closer look. This keeps your property safer, by decreasing crime opportunity.

How Can I Make My Property Safer?

C.P.T.E.D. need not be expensive or difficult to apply and simply involves taking advantage of your property’s natural surveillance, access control and territorial potential.

A Natural Surveillance Review

In order to proceed, start by taking a fresh look at your property’s natural surveillance potential.

Ask Yourself

  • Are views from neighbouring properties or streets obscured by landscaping or fencing?
  • Are there any adult-sized hiding spots around my doors or windows?
  • Are there areas of contrast and shadow around my building where intruders can linger undetected?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your property’s natural surveillance potential needs to be improved.  Consider adding motion activated lights, reducing landscaping, or altering fencing so that intruders can be kept under observation.

Access Control Review

Next, take a fresh look at your property’s access control potential

Ask Yourself

  • Do people routinely violate my property and/or fence lines?
  • Can this be done in an inconspicuous manner?
  • Do people access my property in ways other than I intended?
  • Do any existing access routes lack natural surveillance?
  • As a result of the placement or existence of outdoor furniture, equipment and/or utilities, is
  • there potential to access an otherwise inaccessible window, door or opening?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your property’s access control needs to be improved.  Consider better control of undesired movements onto and within your property. Install landscaping, fencing or barriers to increase the conspicuousness of anyone breaching a boundary or reinforce an existing boundary that’s already been subject to trespass.

When selecting fencing or landscape materials, take into account maintenance requirements and the impact of mature landscaping on natural surveillance.  For maximum landscaping effectiveness, consider a species with thorns.  Finally, keep furniture, equipment and/or utilities, wherever possible, away from otherwise inaccessible windows, doors or openings. Remember, access control decreases crime opportunity.

A Territorial Review

Finally, take a fresh look at your property’s territoriality.

Ask Yourself

  • Do strangers regularly trespass on my property?
  • Is my property being used as a short-cut?
  • Does my property ever have an unlived-in or unkempt look?
  • Are there underutilized sections of my property where the public is invited and people feel comfortable loitering?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your property’s territoriality needs to be improved.  Take steps to rectify this by creating or extending a sphere of influence around your property.  For businesses and residences, this can be done through strategically placed markers, flowerbeds, low fences, walls, hedges, signage; better and/or more timely maintenance, and where the public is invited, assigning purposes to "leftover spaces."  For residences, don't forget to create an "illusion of occupancy." This is extremely important in deterring thieves. Accomplish this by making sure your lawn is maintained, your driveway is shoveled and your circulars are picked up. Use timers to control your lights and have someone check on your property.  And don't forget to join and participate in Neighbourhood Watch and for businesses, Business Crime Watch.

Don't Forget About Target Hardening

For maximum crime prevention benefits, target hardening should be applied with CPTED principles. For Target Hardening advice, please see the Home Security Tip Sheet.

CPTED’S Proven Track Record

CPTED techniques are directed against crimes of opportunity. Where these techniques have been applied to problem settings, crimes of opportunity have decreased by as much as 90%.

What About Interior Applications?

CPTED is equally effective when applied to building or store interiors.

CPTED’s universality results from its ability to help various disciplines do a better job of achieving their primary objective. Designers and merchandisers have discovered that the application of CPTED techniques have reportedly increased sales by as much as 33% and decreased security problems by 50%.

Maximizing CPTED Benefits

CPTED provides the opportunity to design in crime prevention and design out crime. For maximum benefits, CPTED should be applied at the design or planning stage when these benefits can be achieved at little or no cost.

​For more information go to the Ontario Provincial Police Website


Packetworks - Contact Information

​In order to reach a person with your Packetworks enquiry please call 1-866-7703 extension 8, which will direct your to a person.  This extension provides a 24/7 service to assist you with your enquiry.   



Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic

Dutton Medical Centre is holding it's Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic on October 30, 2017 between 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

For further information please call the Medical Centre at 519-762-0943.  A valid Health Card is required. 


NOTICE - Adjustment to Property Tax Due Dates

The Council of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich has approved the adjustment of property tax due dates to the last business day in February, May, August and November of each year


  • February 28, 2018
  • May 31, 2018
  • August 31, 2018
  • November 30, 2018

Resolution #2017.16.14

Laurie Spence Bannerman, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk

Municipal Property For Sale

The Council of the Municipality of Dutton Duwnich hereby declares its intent to sell the lands legally described as Part Lot 4, Block 12, Plan 143, Part Lot 12, Concession A and Part of Dexter Street (being Part 8 on RP 11R-5256), by direct sale to the abutting Landowners, in accordance with By-law #2014-56

Packetworks - High Speed Fibre Internet

Residents will notice many paint marks and flags in front of their property which is part of the locating process for the installation of Packetworks High Speed Fibre Internet.  Please do not remove these vital locates (flags).  An employee from Packetwork's, Amanda Irwin  is currently active in the community asking residents if they wish to sign up for their service. 

Packetworks began designing, building, and managing broadband networks in 1996. Since then, the number and types of services that can be transmitted over the Internet have grown rapidly.  They have been part of the progress – using the latest fibre optic and wireless technology in conjunction with existing carrier-grade infrastructure to provide fast, reliable and cost-effective managed networking solutions to customers throughout Ontario.

Contact Information:  515 Dotzert Ct, Unit 7, Waterloo ON  N2L 6A7 - Toll Free 1-866-723-7703​ or duttonconnects@packetworks.net



Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Event

For Residents of Dutton Dunwich and West Elgin

9:00 am – 1:00 pm


  • Paint/pigments/coating residues: including stain, marine coatings, automotive paint, driveway sealer, urethane, epoxy paint, pruning paint, roof coating
  • Aerosols:  including spray paint, cleaners, polishes, raid, 1 lb propane cylinders (camping)
  • Misc waste inorganic chemicals: pool chemicals, bleach, TSP, photochemicals
  • Misc waste organic chemicals:  including transmission fluid, car wax, car polishes, windshield antifreeze, kerosene, glues, varsol, mineral spirits, thinners, drywall compound, caulking, degreaser, wood preservative, resins, epoxies
  • Pesticides & herbicides:  including round up, black-leaf 40, 2-4D
  • Waste oils & lubricants
  • Fluorescent tubes/bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Used tires (on or off rims)
  • Electronics


  • Commercial waste; farm chemicals, large containers
  • Large containers will not be accepted. 
  • Containers must be able to be placed inside a 45 gallon drum,  Used oil containers must be sealed, and must be able to be handled by one person.

Please have your driver’s license available for proof of residency in West Elgin or Dutton Dunwich.  For further information contact the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich at (519) 762-2204; or the Municipality of West Elgin at (519) 785-0560.

Celebrating 150 "Acts of Kindness"

Celebrating Ontario 150 is a wonderful opportunity to promote kindness in our community. The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is encouraging children, adults, organizations, clubs and churches etc., to submit their “Acts of Kindness” to the Municipality so we can share how uplifting and rewarding it can be to complete a simple “Act of Kindness” for each other.

Notice to Residents and Property Owners Regarding Noxious Weeds

The main purpose of the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture.  Primarily this act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure.

Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5 Sections 3, 16 and 23 that you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.

If you think you have Giant hogweed on your property or if you see it in your community please call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or report your sighting online at http://www.invadingspecies.com You will be asked to send in photos for identification. Do not collect parts of the plant for identification.

In Urban Areas

Sections 3, 13, 16 and 18 do not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes, as they do not interfere with that use.

All properties within the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act by the 14th day of June 2017 and throughout the growing season.

Schedule of Noxious Weeds

Barberry, common
Bedstraw, smooth
Chervil, wild
Crupina, common
Cupgrass, woolly
Dodder spp.
Dog-strangling vine
Dog-strangling vine - black
Goatgrass, jointed
Hogweed, giant
Knapweed spp.
Parsnip, wild
Ragweed spp.|
Ragwort, tansy
Sow-thistle spp.
Spurge, cypress
Spurge, leafy
Thistle, bull
Thistle, Canada
Tussock, serrated

Jeff Lawrence, Weed Inspector
Forest & Soils Conservation Supervisor
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Elgin County Tree Commissioner/Weed Inspector
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext.231
Fax: (519) 631-5026




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