What is Secured by Design?
Established in 1989, Secured by Design is the official UK police flagship initiative, and is supported by the Home Office and the Planning Section of Communities and Local Government (CLG), as well as many Local Authorities across the UK.
They work with the industry and test houses to create high level security standards, responding to trends in crime, and has given input on a number of key standards.The principles of the scheme have been proven to reduce the risk of crime and the fear of crime. It is awarded to companies producing security products that pass standards and tests nominated by the police service. The standards and related tests must demonstrate the product effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack.
Facts and Figures…
- Secured by Design developments (those using products and materials that meet Secured by Design Standards) are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage
- Householders who aren’t offered security recommendations after a burglary are 69% more likely to suffer a repeat incident than those who are offered advice
- Secured by Design 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