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What is Secured by Design?

If you’ve been looking into secure roller shutters for your premises, you may have seen ‘Secured by Design’ listed as a supplier’s accreditation. But what is Secured By Design, and why should it be an important factor in your choice of security shutter?

Established by the UK police force in 1989, Secured by Design is a group of national projects focused on crime prevention through innovative security designs. In particular, the initiative focuses on security for new and refurbished homes, commercial premises, and car parks.

What this means in practical terms, is that Secured by Design works with the security industry and test houses to create high-level security standards, and actively responds to trends in crime. 

What is Secured by Design

What is Secured By Design? – The Statistics

According to Secured By Design’s own website:

  • 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.
  • The London 2012 Olympic Park and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village were both awarded full Secured by Design status.
  • A study of Glasgow Housing Association properties claimed that there had been a saving of £18,304 in the research area due (in some part at least) to the introduction of SBD.
  • 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.

Externally fitted ShuttersWhat is Secured by Design

So when you’re looking for a secure roller shutter for your premises and you see the SBD logo on the product page, you know its security standards have had input by the police force.

If you’d like to learn more about Obexion’s SBD approved shutters, please get in touch with our team. You can call us directly on 0845 050 8705, or message us via the contact page

We ’ve also published a completely free e-guide to choosing the right SR rated shutters for your premises. It covers all essential variables you should consider, from your sector to physical location and the nature of what you’re protecting. There’s even information on the additional functionality you may not have considered. You can download your free copy from here.

And we’ve produced another guide, specifically for those in retail. It’s completely free, and you can download yours here.

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