The definition of SBD by the Police themselves...
"Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention of homes and commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.
The principles have been proven to achieve a reduction of crime risk by up to 75%, by combining minimum standards of physical security and well-tested principles of natural surveillance and defensible space.
Our objective is to reduce burglary and crime in the UK by designing out crime through physical security and processes."
- 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.
- The additional cost of using Secured by Design standards in the average home is only around £170.
- The Association of British Insurers has estimated that the introduction of Secured by Design standards across the UK would bring more than £3.2 billion worth of savings to the economy over 20 years.
- 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.
- High crime is one reason why people move home. One survey noted that 5.3 million people said that concern about crime levels and a desire to move to a safer location was their main reason for moving home.
- SBD 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.
Sash Jammer in use to stop intruders entering the home.
Things you can do:
Securing Your Doors
Many people focus on securing their doors and forget about their windows and secondary doors in their homes.
- When buying new windows, install windows which are certified to British Standard PAS 24: Enhanced security performance requirements for door sets and windows in the UK.
- Window locks are essential on ground floors and above flat roofs. They can be retro fitted to many windows.
- Glazing may be protected from being smashed with the addition of accredited adhesive window film.
- Patio doors and conservatories are vulnerable so if not secure, install additional locks and security blocks to stop lifting or forced entry.
- When buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks. Multi-locking systems are recommended or have mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.