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South Avenue CPTED and FREE Safety Training

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In January of 2017, seven South Avenue business owners were awarded small grants, ranging from $1,000-$2,000, to make safety-related improvements to their buildings following the principles of CPTED, or Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. CPTED seeks to prevent crime through increasing surveillance, controlling access, reinforcing territoriality, and improving maintenance. CPTED is based on the theory that individuals are less likely to commit crimes when there are higher risks to being seen and caught or when crimes are more difficult to commit. The seven South Avenue businesses used CPTED grant funding to install additional lighting, increase property surveillance, repair and install fencing, and improve signage. Funding was provided through the US Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation project, which analyzed Youngstown Police Department data to identify crime hotspots and engaged community members in developing and implementing evidence-based research strategies to reduce crime. *This project was supported by Award No.2015-AJ-BX-0012 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice.

For those who would like to learn more about CPTED, representatives from YNDC, YPD, YSU, and the City of Youngstown will hold a "CPTED Training" at Homestead Park, on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00am-1:00pm, in which participants will learn about CPTED principles, complete an assessment of the park itself and develop a plan to improve the park. A small amount of funding will be available to implement some of the recommended improvements. The training is free and anyone is welcome to attend. It is strongly recommended that attendees arrive at 9:00am and stay for the duration of the training. A flyer with more information about the training is available for download below.