Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED improves physical elements of a neighborhood to deter crime. Changes to lighting, landscaping, fencing, and windows on storefronts and in public spaces decreases the opportunity for crime to occur. [Read more...]

Cristal Ores, explains the Corner Greeter program to a passerby.

Corner Greeters are youth-led, pop-up style events that rotate weekly between the 5 hotspot locations that feature creative, fun activities designed to engage passers by and foster the kind of connections that build community. [Read more...]

Tsehay ÒSunnyÓ Tekle, owner of Sunset Cafe and Deli

Tsehay received a grant for the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) store front project. She recently hosted a reception for the CPTED in Rainier Beach, a neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. [Read more...]

"Safe Passage" Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

DeSante Lee, left, horses around with a student during dismissal. Safe Passage increases guardianship during hours that youth are present in large numbers as schools let out in Rainier Beach. [Read more...]

Campus Safety Team + PBIS

Zari Scott participates in a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports meeting at South Lake High School in Ranier Beach - Seattle,Washington. Her sister, Sequoia Scott is to the right. [Read more...]

Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (ABSPY)


We use an innovative, community-led approach to reduce violence that affects youth in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Our initiative builds on the community’s vision for the Rainier Beach neighborhood as a beautiful and safe place where youth can grow and thrive, developed through the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update process in 2012.

Our Goal


We identify and address the place-based causes of youth victimization and crime at five focus locations, known as "hotspots" in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We engage the Rainier Beach community, Seattle Police, and many other community-based organizations, businesses, and schools to implement non-arrest interventions.

Our Approach


The place-based, non-arrest approach is founded on research at George Mason University's (GMU) Center for Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Policy, which determined that crime impacting youth is highly concentrated at place. The research further indicates that formal criminal justice approaches can have negative outcomes for youth, their futures, their families and their community.
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