Secured by Design


Secured by Design (SBD) is a national, police-led initiative to embed crime prevention in the built environment

Launched in 1989 to address the often notoriously poor security aspects of estates built during the 1960s housing boom, SBD today covers all aspects of new build and refurbishment projects, and is constantly updated using intelligence gathered directly from the police to counter the evolving nature of crime.

This ebook offers an insight into the work of SBD in rigorously testing products to ensure they meet Building Regulations and police-approved security standards, as well as the efforts of Designing Out Crime Officers in forces across the country, who provide advice on incorporating proven crime prevention techniques into the built environment.

The publication looks at the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This covers not only physical security but also the creation of natural surveillance by, for example, having homes facing each other, and the inclusion of defensible space that shows residents take pride in their area and burglars are likely to be observed or challenged.

The benefits of CPTED in deterring crime have been verified by independent research – as well as some convicted burglars!

Secured by Design is not just for inner city estates or high-rise blocks. Case studies in this ebook show how its principles have been successfully applied from Scotland to Devon.

In addition, the publication covers Police Preferred Specification – SBD’s accreditation system that subjects manufacturers’ products to independent third-party inspections – and re-inspections – to ensure they comply with all security requirements.

It also highlights Secured by Design’s latest initiative, SBD National Building Approval, which sees officers work with developers in the residential, commercial, transport, retail, education and health sectors to ensure their designs address physical security and that suppliers comply with both Building Regulations and Police Preferred Specification standards.


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