NCPC Visits Nicaragua to Share Principles, Techniques and Best Practices of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

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U.S. nonprofit National Crime Prevention Council convenes two five-day training sessions on CPTED in Nicaragua, bringing together key stakeholders in the area of crime prevention

Nicaragua, previously one of the safer countries in its region, can afford only 18 policemen for every 10,000 people, according to The Economist, and its crime rate is projected to rapidly accelerate in the next few years, perhaps even superseding those of its neighbors. Faced with increasing crime rates and inadequate law enforcement funding, the non-governmental organization the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) has invited the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) of the U.S. to lead training sessions on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Nicaragua.

Embracing this unique opportunity to work positively with community stakeholders on a global scale, NCPC will host two five-day training sessions on CPTED on Corn Island and in Bluefields, Nicaragua, Jan. 14-18 and Jan. 21-25, respectively. U.S. police departments, which have also faced increasing budgetary constraints, have encountered great success employing CPTED principles in recent years, and believe the communities of Nicaragua can benefit from this approach to law enforcement as well.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design calls for collaboration among community residents, municipal leaders, law enforcement, business leaders, and architects, especially in planning stages, to construct physical environments that positively influence human behavior and inhibit crime. The theory is based on four principles: natural access control, natural surveillance, territoriality, and maintenance.

In addition to CPTED, the National Crime Prevention Council trainers will address community policing strategies and encourage community involvement with the Nicaraguan National Police, based on the Council’s 30-year history of promoting collaboration between communities and law enforcement. NCPC’s trip to Nicaragua, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua, is the beginning of what both parties hope to turn into a long-standing partnership, one in which there is an exchange of law enforcement strategies, such as CPTED, to help the communities of Nicaragua enjoy some of the same success that law enforcement in the U.S. has experienced.

More information about CPTED is available at

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For more than 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®,” visit

About the NCPC Training Program
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) delivers training and technical assistance tailored to meet the needs of agencies, communities, and others engaged in crime prevention. Crime trends and effective prevention strategies are constantly evolving, and leaders must have the tools to meet new challenges. NCPC brings together national experts and master trainers to ensure that optimal public safety strategies and reliable data are available to audiences and leaders engaged in creating safer and more caring communities.

NCPC works with communities to identify goals and to design and deliver one-day or multi-day training sessions. It also offers extended technical assistance and facilitates comprehensive community planning initiatives. Its models have been successful in cities across the United States from Seattle, WA, to Spartanburg, SC. For more information on training topics and to organize a training session in your area, visit

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