21st century crime prevention unveiled as Secured by Design expands its crime prevention initiatives
Secured by Design (SBD) is poised to provide a wider range of crime prevention initiatives than ever before to support the Police Service across the UK.
This was the key message from SBD’s Chief Executive Officer Guy Ferguson to more than 200 delegates at SBD’s annual National Training Event (NTE) 2018 at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire on 6-7 March.
In a presentation entitled ‘Preventing the Predictable: 21st century crime prevention’, Mr Ferguson praised the day-to-day work of SBD trained police officers and staff who work with architects, developers and local authority planners to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors.
He said one of the highlights of the last 12 months was the announcement by Police Scotland that 3,000 homes built by Kingdom Housing Association on 153 sites over the last 20 years had achieved 87% fewer crimes. This was a ringing endorsement of implementing proven crime prevention techniques at the planning stage into the layout and landscaping, and the physical security of new homes.
SBD’s National Building Approval scheme, which seeks to make building compliance simpler, quicker and cheaper for companies and organisations commissioning new-build developments and major refurbishment schemes, had grown by more than 3,000 buildings over the last six months. It now had 7,152 buildings on 73 building sites in 17 Police Force areas.
Looking forward, Mr Ferguson said the publication of the new Welsh Building Regulation for the security of new homes was imminent after SBD had played a key role in working towards the creation of the new Welsh Approved Document.
SBD is set to roll out a range of independently certificated, advanced practitioner learning and development courses in crime prevention and problem solving up to the level of diploma from September 2018 for police and associated Responsible Authorities, in partnership with ProQual, an authorised awarding body.
The announcement follows SBD’s agreement in 2017 with the College of Policing to start to deliver crime prevention and designing out crime training in the UK. The new courses mean that SBD has achieved the College of Policing’s ambition to turn the traditional police approach to training into a new learning and development pathway in tune with current academic thinking.
In addition, SBD is working with the licensing industry to transform the way it works with Responsible Authorities, such as Police and Local Authorities, using an online self-assessment called Licensed Premises Security & Vulnerability Initiative (LP SAVI) to reduce crime and provide safe venues for customers and staff.
Guest speakers at the NTE included South Yorkshire Chief Constable Stephen Watson, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s national lead on crime prevention; Sir Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of the Met Police; Guy Collyer OBE, SBD Head of Learning and Development; and Jean Irving, former Head of Licensing in Sussex Police and SBD development lead for LP SAVI.
The National Training Event 2018 was Sponsored by Yoti, a global technology company, which is seeking to become the world’s most trusted identity platform with its digital identity app accredited by SBD earlier this year.
Delegates attended six workshops – three of them run by SBD member companies. Exova BM Trada gave a presentation about overcoming the challenges of making doorsets fire and security compliant; Bereco outlined what Part Q means in practice; and Videx reported on door entry systems.
Three workshops were presented by police: one on providing safe houses for victims of domestic abuse; one on applying crime prevention techniques to supermarkets and another by SBD Development Officers on general business-related updates.
Mr Ferguson said he regarded this year’s National Training Event 2018 as a watershed for SBD as the organisation seeks to build on its core business of designing out crime in the built environment to push the boundaries to provide a new range of crime prevention initiatives to support the Police Service around the UK.
He said: “It’s good to see how far we have come in a short space of time. We are responding to the new reality of trying to do more with less, and support the police in a number of different ways. If we can design out crime and reduce preventable crime, Police Officers are enabled to focus on the things that only they can do.”
A total of 44 SBD member companies exhibited at the event and displayed their products that serve to reduce crime and keep people safe. The SBD member companies exhibiting were:
Arc Informatics (TEC-Angel);
Burton Safes Ltd;
Cougar Monitoring Ltd;
Datatag ID Ltd;
Exova (UK) Ltd;
Frontier Pitts Ltd;
IDScan Biometrics Ltd;
JNE Security Ltd;
Martec Engineering Ltd;
MasterLocksmiths Association & Sold Secure;
NEOS Protect Ltd;
Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International Ltd;
ProQual Awarding Body;
PROTECT UK Ltd;
Selectamark Security Systems plc;
TecSOS – Thames Valley Partnership;
The Keysafe Company;
TLJ Security Systems;
Next year’s NTE will mark SBD’s 30th anniversary of protecting people and premises from criminal and anti-social behaviour.