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Secured By Design 30th Anniversary

Secured By Design
Written by Roma Publications

The 30th anniversary of Secured By Design

The housing boom of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s led to homes being built quickly and cheaply, often with little consideration given to security. Crime increased significantly; particularly burglary of homes.

In response, the Police Service set up Secured By Design (SBD) in 1989. Since it was launched, SBD have built up a wealth of experience promoting crime prevention and security through active involvement in local communities – constantly adapting the advice to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour.

SBD work to include proven crime prevention techniques and measures into the layout and landscaping of new developments and also work to improve the physical security of buildings using products, such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems that meet SBD security requirements.

This has led to more than one million homes built to SBD crime prevention standards across the UK; that’s 30% of all new homes built, and there have been reductions in crime of up to 87% year-on-year as reported by Police Scotland in 2017.

It is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of Police & Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. It is also a not-for-profit organisation, and Board Members include senior police officers from each of the four Home Nations who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.
As a national crime prevention scheme, SBD has achieved significant successes. In their work with National Government, they have influenced national planning policy to embed crime prevention in the planning process and established police security standards in the building and construction industry.

SBD’s most iconic buildings include the 2012 London Olympics site, the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village, Wembley Stadium, the National Stadium of Wales, and the Scottish and Welsh Assembly Buildings.

Developers around the UK receive SBD awards for incorporating crime prevention measures and techniques into their developments in all kinds of building sectors, such as residential, education, health, transport, commercial, retail, sport and leisure. They gain these awards after working with SBD’s Designing Out Crime Officers who advise architects, developers and local authority planners long before construction begins – and continue to provide advice and guidance until the development is complete.

Additionally, SBD has also produced a series of authoritative and world renowned Design Guides to assist the building, design and construction industry to incorporate security into developments to comply with the Building Regulations in England, Scotland and Wales and meet the requirements of SBD.

These Design Guides have been updated over the years to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour and advances in building design and new technology. They are a valuable source of reference to architects, developers, self-builders, local authority planners and police officers.

To find out about the guides, visit:
To find out more about SBD go to:


Facewatch is the UK’s leading provider of a commercial crime reduction solution using Facial Recognition. Facewatch has been providing retail crime solutions since 2010, with the Facial Recognition addition to the system launched in 2018.

Facewatch is a secure cloud-based platform that uses facial recognition technology to send instant alerts when subjects of interest enter a business premises. It proactively deters and protects businesses, as well as creating a safer working environment and reducing the potential for lost revenue.

Nick Fisher, CEO, Facewatch, said:
“Facewatch support the security industry and all Government organisations working to reduce crime, antisocial behaviour and violence. To enable us to provide a solution that was accepted by all these organisations it was crucial we were recognised as ‘Secured by Design’.”

Facewatch has been approved by Secured by Design since 2010. Nick added:
“We pride ourselves on providing a safe and affordable solution that prevents and deters theft and criminal damage on construction sites. The solution also protects personal privacy, adheres to GDPR rules and is easy to install and use.”

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