Can We Design Out Crime?


Can design decrease crime? Many agencies face issues with Crime. CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) strategies have been used successfully throughout communities, parks and trails to decrease and deter come. This session will review why CPTED is important; identify and key principles; highlight examples of success; and discuss strategies for implementing programs in your community. Participants will also compete a hands-on activity to apply components of CPTED.

About the Presenters:


Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension. Jamie Rae works with the Urban and Municipal Park Program providing technical assistance and continuing education programs focusing on citizen input, user perceptions, and applied research practices. Jamie Rae’s emphasis areas include: evidence based decision making, planning processes, environmental psychology, stakeholder participation and community building, policy and positioning for open spaces. She enjoys jogging, biking, swing sets, events, and local nature. She is housed in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University and offices at the Dallas Extension and Research Center. Jamie Rae can be reached at


Mike Lopez, MUP, joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Family and Community Health Department in 2011. Mike currently leads Texas AgriLife Extension’s Walk Across Texas program. Mike’s educational background includes a B.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree. He has a Professional Designation in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and he graduated from the Walking College Fellowship Program, a four-month distance-education training through America Walks, a national organization that promotes walking and walkable communities.

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