The Police Preferred, Secured by Design Initiative: Explained

Published on 24 March, 2017 | Blog

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Firstly what is Secured by Design? Secured by Design is the police initiative which aims to tackle burglary and criminal damage with improved home security.

How do they do this? The Association of Chief Police Officers specify products which they believe have been ‘designed for security.’ They work alongside testing centres and other door hardware accreditation bodies to ensure the products they are certifying prove they are fit for purpose. They need to show they are of a high standard and display evidence of their effectiveness in preventing or reducing the risk of crime – usually by resistance of physical attack – to get the approval.

Why? So that you know when you’re buying a SBD approved product, it really is as secure and the manufacturer says it is.

The Secured by Design initiative believes prevention is better than cure – and so do we, which is why we supply Secured by Design approved products.


 10 Secured by Design FACTS 

1) Statistics show that those who have products with this certification installed in their home are up to 75% less likely to get burgled.

2) Developments that use products with the Secured by Design specification show a reduction in criminal damage of 25%.

3) The initiative sets out the benchmark for manufacturers of security products. It is your guarantee that the product is fit for purpose.

4) The additional cost of using Secured by Design standards in the average home is only around £170. The average cost of a domestic burglary is £2,178.

5) A study of Glasgow Housing Association properties claimed that there had been a saving of £18,304 in the research area due (in some part at least) to the introduction of SBD.

6) SBD installation pays for itself in at the most 2 years in saved costs of crime with two alternative methods of measurement suggesting shorter periods of as little as eight months.

7) The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of Secured by Design standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years.

8) Often security is overlooked until after crime has been committed, but the initiative now encourages the building industry to do more in the way of home security.

9) Crime in England and Wales is estimated to create 12 million tonnes of CO2 emissions – equivalent to 2% of the UK’s total CO2 output. Secured by Design helps to reduce crime.

10) Secured by Design not only ensures true security. It also offers advice and raises awareness of the importance of home security.

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