Rural crime was one of the leading issues raised during Lacombe County’s Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw review, and has been highlighted as a concern during recent meetings with local crime prevention groups and during town hall meetings set up by MP Blaine Calkins. Earlier this month, Lacombe County Council approved the release of Lacombe County's Guide to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design—referred to as CPTED (pronounced SEP-TED) —sets out easy to incorporate design principles for properties, which can greatly reduce the chance of a crime occurring
In addition to the CPTED Guide, Lacombe County held professional training for numerous County staff who are now certified CPTED Inspectors. These individuals can conduct site assessments for homes and businesses, as well as review design plans for future developments. This training was paid for through the Rural Crime Prevention Program, which the County had allocated funding for, and included representatives from many urban neighbours and local community groups.