Crime Prevention Ottawa unveiled its 50th report Thursday.
It's a community beautification booklet that teaches neighbourhoods how to reduce crime with small projects they can organize in their own communities.
Nancy Worsfold told CFRA that Crime Prevention Ottawa looked at eight successful projects that strengthen community pride by making the neighbourhood more beautiful.
She said privately maintained public spaces are inevitably safer.
"When people take pride in public spaces and when they work together to build beautiful spaces, they behave better," Worsfold said. "Sometimes it's just about keeping things neat and tidy."
Criminological evidence has shown that when people feel good in public spaces, they use them more often
There are fewer instances of crime in these areas.