Your resource for CPTED training

Our physical surroundings provide psychological cues informing us whether a space is safe for our intended activity. We subconsciously learn to recognize and avoid unsafe areas, leaving them open to inappropriate and criminal activity. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies ensure that environmental signals discourage undesirable behavior while inviting appropriate and intended activity. 

PalmettoPride offers training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) free to residents of South Carolina. Municipalities and community groups are asked to provide an appropriate location with audio/visual capabilities for 20-50 students. PalmettoPride will provide access to digital copies of all training material and additional support programs to assist in the implementation of CPTED.

You provide the location and audio-visual equipment. We provide training and continuing support as you implement these crime-fighting techniques in your community.

View PalmettoPride’s Local Government Community Improvement Guide.

Discouraging undesirable behavior through design

The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in quality of life. Municipalities throughout the world are adopting CPTED ordinances requiring site plan reviews with crime prevention and safety in mind.

Specially trained law enforcement officers, city or county planners, architects and developers are working together to ensure the proper design of structures, schools and neighborhoods.

PalmettoPride in the classroom

PalmettoPride is certified to teach CPTED for continuing education credits for the SC Criminal Justice Academy and SC Planning Education Advisory Committee.


  • SC Criminal Justice Academy | 14.75 CLEE
  • SC Planning Education Advisory Committee | 3 CEU

Schedule your CPTED training today

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Love Not Litter

Litter impacts communities across the state, and PalmettoPride works to help create a litter-free South Carolina through a multitude of tactics. One such tactic that has picked up steam not only in South Carolina, but internationally is the theory that public art displays can improve the quality of life for the community. To support this theory, PalmettoPride funded the painting of a mural along the Saluda Riverwalk in 2019.