The department has asked developers to use Crime Prevention through Environmental Design planning, at Obey Creek, which will be located on U.S. Highway 15-501, said Lt. Josh Mecimore, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department.
The planning system is used by police to deter crime by improving the environment of a neighborhood. This can be done by altering building designs and improving exterior lights.
Examples of implementing the design can include reducing the number of abandoned buildings in a community, strengthening of doors and locks and making sure buildings are up to code.
“This is one of a number of ideas that fall under community-oriented policing,” he said.
As a part of CPTED, officers introduce themselves to residents and become a part of the community to facilitate cooperation between police and residents. They talk to residents about issues that could unintentionally create an environment for crime.
The Good Neighbor Initiative in the Northside community is an example of CPTED, he said.
Some examples of problems that the policy addresses include plants and shrubs that block the visibility of windows and poorly lit areas. These problems would be addressed before the construction of the development.
The concept is broad and difficult to narrow down, Mecimore said. More information about the concept can be found on the Department of Justice’s website.