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SafeGrowth, a product of AlterNation LLC, is a course in Safe Design and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) tailored for the Community Safety Initiative at LISC. The SafeGrowth program is designed for professionals in community development, design, planning, law enforcement and crime prevention.  The course introduces participants to basic and advanced 1st Generation CPTED (minimizing the physical opportunity for crime) as well as 2nd Generation CPTED (minimizing the site-specific social conditions that generate crime opportunities). Additionally, participants are exposed to the CPTED risk assessment process and overall CSI strategy.

Through this course, participants not only learn CPTED principles, but also team-building as they tackle real-life problems in their community.  Participants gain skills at implementing and sustaining community safety initiatives in the field.  The course design includes a variety of hands-on, practical projects, in addition to discussion of the realistic challenges of this work, such as resource limitations, policy issues, political resistance and the attitudinal obstacles to collaboration. 


Greg Saville, course developer and senior partner at AlterNation LLC is an urban planner specializing in  crime prevention and community capacity building. He pioneered problem based learning in law enforcement as co-developer of the Police Training Officer Program and Problem Based Learning for the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a co-founder of the International CPTED Association and vice-chair of the Police Society for Problem Based Learning.  He is an adjunct professor in urban planning at the School of Environmental Design, University of Calgary.  Click here for Greg Saville's personal statement and contact information.  

Follow Greg Saville on his SafeGrowth Blog which profiles SafeGrowth projects and innovative ways to create safe and vital neighborhoods.




SafeGrowth Project Presentations

Below is a sample presentation profiling the work of the Eastern North Philadelphia SafeGrowth team.  The team was led by staff at Asociacion Puertorriquenos en March (APM), The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, South Kensington NAC, Norris Square Civic Association, LISC Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department 26th District.  

  • Download the Eastern North Philadelphia SafeGrowth written report and power point presentation to learn more about this teams collaborative safety project and outcomes.  
  • View the video below profiling the work of the APM/Rainbow de Colores Safe Growth team.


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CPTED Bibliography

This compendium captures publications related to urban space, planning, architecture and crime prevention through environmental design from 1975-2011.  The extensive bibliography refers users to over 35 years of CPTED research and practice.   This resource is a product of Safe Cascadia, a non-profit committed to promoting safer environments and improved quality of life through new practices in sustainable neighborhood safety and community livability.

Riverside Gateway Initiatives - Providence, RI 

Partners: Olneyville Housing Corporation & Providence Police Department 

After years of neglect, the Olneyville section of Providence, Rhode Island had changed from an area populated by mills fueling the local economy to a neighborhood dominated MORE...

Templates for SafeGrowth Practitioners


Safety Audit Checklist

Safety Audits were developed in the late 1980s by a multidisciplinary team in Toronto, Canada led by anti-violence advocates METRAC.  Safety audits now appear in dozens of cities and are promoted by the UN Habitat Safer Cities program.  This tool provides a useful framework for collecting perception data about how people feel regarding safety in a given area. The focus is on the physical environment and residents make recommendations about CPTED strategies such as lighting, signage, entrapment areas, as well as outreach to specific groups like seniors and youth.
Download as Word Document

Neighborhood Safety Audit 

This version of a neighborhood safety audit has been adapted by Gregory Savile at AlterNation, LLC.  The Neighborhood Safety Audit is particularly helpful for SafeGrowth practitioners looking to collect community feedback on specific target areas for safety projects.  It is recommended that safety audits be conducted in a small team with members who represent a relative sampling of the neighborhood (e.g. seniors, youth, both women and men, residents, etc.)  Audits should be conducted by one objective/silent facilitator who records participants’ comments and reactions throughout the survey.