About Secured by Design

Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of national police projects focusing on the design and security for new and refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as the acknowledgement of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.

Secured by Design works with the industry and test houses to create high level security standards, responding to trends in crime, and has given input on a number of key standards .The principles of the scheme have been proven to reduce the risk of crime and the fear of crime.

The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

Sir Robert Peel

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Our Product licensing scheme

Secured by Design member company status is awarded to companies producing security products that pass standards and tests nominated by the police service. The standards and related tests must demonstrate the product effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack. Secured by Design does not sell or provide any guarantees in respect of the product; it is the attack test standard that we support.

Licensed products include: bicycle security solutions, anti-theft devices, personal security and lone worker devices, windows, doors and locks, IT and computer security, empty property protection, asset tracking and recovery, and many more.

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Other Secured Initiatives Working With SBD

Secured by Design works with a number of organisations on best practice and initiatives that we support and assist with by working on guidance documents and specifications. Some of these organisations deliver specific schemes delivered on our behalf. These are detailed below

Park Mark™ Safer Parking scheme

Safer parking status, Park Mark™, is awarded to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police. These requirements mean the parking operator has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime in their parking facility.
Find out more about Park Mark™ Safer Parking scheme

Secured Environments

Secured Environments is a risk management scheme that promotes good security practice in organisations by focusing on strategy, process and people. ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives in partnership with Perpetuity Group, one of the country's leading crime and security consultancies and a spin-out from the University of Leicester, have developed the scheme. They assess organisations to see if they have made security an inherent part of how they are managed. If they pass the standard they are certified as being secured by ACPO CPI and awarded the Police Secured Environments Certificate.
Find out more about Secured Environments

Secure stations

The Secure Stations Scheme, which is managed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and British Transport Police (BTP), sets station design and management safety standards for crime reduction at overground and underground railway stations.
Find out more about The Secure station Scheme

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch work to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (England and Wales) is the official umbrella body giving like-minded people the resources they need to meet, start schemes, share know-how and more. With over 170,000 schemes across England and Wales, the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch are the collective voice for community safety: www.ourwatch.org.uk

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)

The Master Locksmiths Association licenses its approved companies through strict vetting and regular assessments, in order to ensure quality of service and provide peace of mind to the end customer. www.locksmiths.co.uk

Our History

During the 1980s, the United Kingdom saw a dramatic increase in domestic burglary offences. Security was often only considered after a crime and there were examples of new housing estates where a set of just 12 keys could open the back door of every home on the estate.

Criminologists had also shown that criminals were taking advantage of residential layouts that failed to provide adequate natural surveillance, were highly permeable, where anonymity was absolute and escape routes plentiful. Identifying these risks and providing solutions became known as designing out crime.

During this period burglary figures peaked at 1.7 million offences a year and it was obvious that something needed to be done to encourage the building industry to adopt improved standards of design, layout and security.

Some police officers in South East England recognised that by combining the attributes of good standards of physical security with those of designing out crime and presenting this in an easily understood format would encourage architects and builders to address crime before the homes were built and at reduced cost. In 1989 they published their project under the title Secured by Design and for the first time gave participating builders a police award for achieving good levels of security.

A consistent and easily applied format, supported by the positive results of early evaluations, led all 53 UK police forces to adopt the project by 1992 and to assign staff to operate and manage it. These individuals were titled Architectural Liaison Officer (ALO) or Crime Prevention Design Advisor (CPDA) and their role, both then and now, involved them working closely with each local authority in their respective areas in order to maximise the potential for designing out crime as early in the planning process as possible.

There was early support from the Home Office and what are now the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Welsh Assembly and Government for Scotland. However, it was obvious that to convince the construction industry of the long term commitment and ongoing R&D for the project that it required national management and independent funding. As a result, in 1999, the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO) formed ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives (ACPO CPI), a not-for-profit company to manage this and similar projects and to raise finance from the private sector through the police recognition of security products that met high standards and evidenced a benefit in preventing crime.

Secured by Design, is today self-funding through over 400 companies making or supplying quality security products for the construction industry, businesses and the consumer. The funding has been used for research into aspects of crime prevention, test theories and to develop technical standards. The police experience, working with industry and standards organisations, has led to significant changes to standards and product design to resist criminal attack.

The organisation is regularly consulted on security material and projects and the Secured by Design model is being copied in The Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Australia, Chile, The UAE and several states in the USA.

Our Media Spokespeople

For comments or any other media enquiries, please contact marketing@police-cpi.co.uk

Our team of experts can provide comment on a range of issues of interest to consumer and professional audiences, including:

  • Burglaries and how to prevent them
  • Personal safety
  • Innovations in crime prevention/ deterrence
  • Older victims of crime
  • Doorstep sales and bogus callers
  • Security in rented properties
  • The carbon cost of crime
  • Security for small businesses
  • Accredited products
Guy Ferguson, General Manager

Guy Ferguson joined the company in March 2016, having served for 32 years with the Metropolitan Police Service in uniform and CID roles. In the last five years of his service he was the Borough Commander of Sutton Borough.

An enthusiastic and inspirational leader of the highest calibre, his talent and abilities have been tested and proven across numerous roles and throughout his distinguished career. He has excellent communication skills epitomised by his international role representing the UK Policing response to unique cataclysmic event (the Tsunami in Asia).

His experience across numerous supervisory roles within the policing environment and beyond, aligned with the highest level of integrity, professionalism and service ethos have been recognised consistently on a national level.

An excellent manager who brings out the best in his staff, leading to year-on-year performance improvement set against reducing resources. He leads by example and manages by exception, maintaining trust and engagement from his staff, regardless of the pressure or tasks in hand.

He has an exceptional ability to formulate plans, processes and operational responses to issues from the most minor to the most challenging on a global scale, which entail the use of excellent negotiating skills, humility, compassion and leading to an 'on time, on budget' result.

Jon Cole, National Operations Manager

Jon has been the driving force and success behind SBD since the early 1990s. His single-minded commitment to raising security standards within the construction industry has involved him in driving consultation toward legislative change.

He joined the police service in 1982 and worked as an Architectural Liaison Officer from 1990. In 1999 he joined Secured by Design as the first member of staff. He has received two President’s Awards from the Association of Chief Police Officers for his work in crime prevention.

Case Studies and Publications

Secured by Design has been evaluated on a number of occasions by independent third parties, such as universities and Housing Associations. Our principles have also been applied to some iconic developments. We have compiled these into case studies which are free to download on our download page. If you would like to contact our general enquiries, full research documents are available on request.

We also carry publications such as Designing out crime and Safer Places - the Planning System & Crime Prevention. Please refer to our Case Studies and Publications section.

Secured by Design identifies test standards which show a product has been tested to show a reasonable resilience to attack or effectiveness as a crime prevention product.

Security products without the benefit of a suitable public test standard may be accepted having passed our evaluation based on research by a technical authority acceptable to Secured by Design. Read more about Test Standards Explained.