Secured by Design

Secured by Design (SBD) is the national police crime prevention initiative that works with all UK police forces, 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.


policeHow Secured by Design works 
There are Secured by Designed police officers and staff based in police forces. They work closely with architects, developers and local authority planners on new-build developments and refurbishments to design out crime using the principles of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and physical security aspects.

These officers, known as Designing Out Crime Officers, promote the use of proven crime prevention techniques in the layout and landscaping of developments, such as to increase natural surveillance, create defensible space and limit through movement. In addition, they seek to improve the security of buildings, by recommending products like doors, windows and locks that are sufficiently robust to resist physical attack to deter opportunist burglars.

Their officers work across a range of building sectors including housing, commercial, retail, mixed use, transport, health, education, sport, leisure and many others.


Police Preferred Specification

They work closely with manufacturers and companies to encourage them to provide robust, quality products that can achieve the Police Preferred Specification award, which recognises that SBD 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.

They currently have more than 600 member companies, many of them leaders in their specialist fields. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain Police accreditation in the UK.

Contact details for SBD

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Tel: 0203 8623 999