The national UK Police crime prevention initiative

Secured by Design (SBD) is a national police crime prevention initiative, which is aimed at achieving sustainable reductions in crime through environmental design and other approaches to create a safer society.

This is done by accrediting security products that have achieved third-party testing and independent certification for their products. They can apply to become Secured by Design members and use the designation Police Preferred Specification on their products. The membership scheme currently includes more than 600 companies across a broad range of categories, including doors, windows, bicycle security, perimeter fencing, mobile phones, roofing products, secondary glazing and many others.

SBD trained officers and staff in Police Forces work closely with Local Authority planners, architects and developers to ‘design out crime’ using proven crime prevention through environmental design techniques in layout, landscaping and building. They work with range of sectors including housing, commercial, transport, health, education and many more.

The recently launched SBD National Building Approval scheme, which can be used for new-build or regeneration projects, can reduce costs, save time and simplify complying with Building Regulations for developers and specifiers.

Independent research shows that SBD developments that include crime prevention design techniques and police accredited products (such as doors and windows) 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.

SBD’s knowledge and practical guidance is captured in building guides, which are available on the website.