Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention at the design, layout and construction stages of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.
Secured by Design is a national police initiative to guide and encourage those engaged within the specification, design and build of new homes to adopt crime prevention measures in new developments. The advice given has been proven to reduce the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating safer, more secure and sustainable environments.
Secured by Design is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and is supported by the Home Office and Communities and Local Government (CLG).
Recent research conservatively estimates the carbon cost of crime within the UK to be in the region of 6,000,000 tonnes of CO2. This is roughly equivalent to the total CO2 output of 6 million UK homes. At current domestic burglary rates the marginal carbon costs of building a home to SBD standards will be recovered within four years.
The environmental benefits of Secured by Design are fully supported by independent research proving that SBD housing developments suffer at least 50% less burglary, 25% less vehicle crime and 25% less criminal damage. Therefore the carbon costs of replacing windows or door-sets on SBD developments as a result of criminal activity is more than 50% less than that of non-SBD developments.
These impressive crime reductions have been achieved through the adherence to well researched and effective design solutions and the use of building products, such as doors and windows that have independent third party certification to police preferred specifications. It therefore follows that Secured by Design certification can only be awarded to a development that meets the relevant requirements of both these sections.
On behalf of our client A C Liani liased closely with Phil Buckley, the Halton Crime Reduction Officer and Mark Antrobus, the Cheshire Police Architectural and CCTV Liaison Officer, prior to the scheme being submitted for the award.