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Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

How do you make your home or business less inviting to criminals?

Gary Marrone, Security Strategy Consultant for Facilities Improvement Corporation in Great Falls, recently made a presentation to about 35 people at NeighborWorks Great Falls and virtually about Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED.

Maronne has an extensive security background with the military and is now putting it to good use. He noted that there are four basic levels of security that an individual, family or business should look at when doing this evaluation:

1. Lighting: Walk around your home or business at night. Are there any dark places where someone could hide? Bushes that need to be trimmed? Motion sensor lights are easy to install and a cost-effective way to address that problem.

2. Alarm or Security Systems: There are many types of systems available now, at many price points. Marrone suggested that people consider where and how their personal data is stored through various security camera systems. If you are thinking about a system, you can ask the company or go online to check it out. He also noted that strong glass can be an effective deterrent, as well.

3. Interior Security: Motion detectors inside a home or business are also a good idea, as are sturdy locks, he said.

4. Keep Valuables Safe: If you install a safe, make sure it is heavy enough that someone cannot walk off with it, preferably attaching it to the cement floor. Today, folks should look for safes that are fireproof and waterproof, as well as a place to keep valuables. He cautioned folks to ensure that the safe cannot be easily broken into by throwing it.

Marrone also discussed the importance of programs like Neighborhood Watch and that everyone should call 911 if they see something suspicious. The adage “If you see something, say something!” remains the best way to deter crime.

If you would like to learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program in Black Eagle, contact Terry Miller through the Black Eagle Civic Club.

If you would like to watch the CPTED presentation, you can watch it on our YouTube channel.

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