In brief: Security training set

Program will discuss protecting home, business through environmental design

Sure, fixing a broken floodlight or trimming some overgrown hedges can do wonders for the aesthetics of your home or business. 

But it turns out they could cast some light on safety, too.

A system of property-protection techniques known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED, taps three basic and overlapping principles, according to documentation released by the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office.

Those concepts are natural surveillance, access control and territorial reinforcement, and they consider: whether property sight lines are blocked by fences, hedges, trees or other obstructions; whether the property is easily accessible to those other than property owners; and whether the property is routinely trespassed, used as a shortcut or otherwise loitered upon.

Colorado Springs Crime Prevention Officer Jason Blanscet will host a training session in Southeast on CPTED techniques. The class will teach participants how to secure their homes or businesses through the three major concepts.

The session is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Sand Creek substation, 4215 Center Park Drive. To reserve a seat or for more information, call the Sand Creek crime prevention division at (719) 444-7276.