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Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, works with Police Forces around the UK, and many other organisations, to achieve sustainable reductions in crime to help people live in a safer society. Their partners include National and Local Government, British and European standards authorities, trade associations, the construction industry and manufacturers.

Why their Police Preferred Specification is so important

The reason they work closely with manufacturers and companies is to encourage them to provide robust, quality products that can achieve their Police Preferred Specification award, which recognises that their minimum standards have been met to help keep buildings secure.

This standard requires certification from a UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited independent third-party certification authority. This involves regular production audits and re-testing to ensure consistent quality over time and goes beyond the one-off testing required by Part Q of the Building Regulations, England, which became effective from October 2015.

They have nearly 600 member companies, many of them leaders in their specialist fields and many operating in European and global marketplaces. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain Police accreditation in the UK. All their member companies are listed on their website.

What they have achieved for residents

Over the last 28 years, tens of thousands of residents have moved into SBD new homes and continue to benefit from their high standards of security. Independent research shows that SBD developments that include their crime prevention techniques in the built environment and their accredited products in buildings can reduce crimes like burglary by up to 75% in new-build homes and up to 63% in refurbishments.

Evidence suggests these figures are sustainable year-on-year and represent a significant reduction especially as most SBD developments are in social housing, many of which are in deprived areas.

Adapting to changing criminal behaviour

They have built up a wealth of experience over nearly 30 years of promoting increased levels of crime prevention and security through active involvement in local communities – constantly adapting our advice to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour. This knowledge and practical guidance, which is provided at the planning stage, before building begins, has been captured in a series of building guides, such as SBD Homes and SBD Commercial, which are available on their website. They also have a great deal of information on ways that homes and businesses can improve their security. All this information is available on their website.

How they are administered

They are part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, which owns and operates the trading entity Secured by Design (SBD) on behalf of the Police Services of the United Kingdom. Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Board members include two Chief Constables, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Crime Prevention Lead, two Assistant Chief Constables, an Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, and a former Assistant Chief Constable for Sussex.

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