Abbey Protect join SBD with their patented SECURABLINDS Defender product range

Abbey Protect, part of The Abbey Group Ltd, is one of the latest companies to join Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative which works alongside Police Forces throughout the UK to reduce crime and design out crime.

Abbey Protect has received accreditation for its innovative SECURABLIND Defender range of Blast Protection and Forced Entry Prevention blind systems for windows and doors. A specialist solution, SECURABLINDS patented blinds are used by governments, military, police and individuals the world over to protect their people and property.

The SECURABLINDS Defender products range offer an ideal replacement for the all too often unsightly window bars and grilles and they are fire safe, turning any window into a fire evacuation route with the gated or sliding types. They can be planned in at the design stage or retro fitted to any building, even listed buildings. SECURABLINDS blades work equally effectively fitted horizontally or vertically to suit requirements and easy access allows windows to be opened for ventilation and cleaning.

Also ideal for residential use, the SECURABLINDS Defender products offer unrivalled forced entry protection and aesthetically perfect available in a range of styles to suit any window, whether it be a fixed Grille, Sash, an opening Gate or a 2 Door Slider.

Manufactured in the UK, SECURABLINDS products have been tested and accredited by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for forced entry prevention and blast protection against 100kg and 500kg TNT equivalent. Abbey Protect are the only company globally that can provide these patented systems that withstand such high levels of attack.

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About the SBD accredited products

• SECURABLINDS Defender Gate – a left/right hand hung gate or double gate security blind, internally fitted behind a building’s window for forced entry prevention. Comprising of steel outer and inner frame, aluminium blades, high tensile rods (which create a barrier of protection), stainless steel hinge pins, shoot bolts and a locking bar (which clamps the blades shut), it is aesthetically pleasing compared to physical security systems, appearing as a conventional window blind.

• SECURABLINDS Defender Grille – a double lock grille or fixed grille security blind, internally fitted behind a building’s window for forced entry prevention. Comprising steel outer and inner frame, aluminium blades, high tensile rods (which create a barrier of protection), stainless steel shoot bolts, and a locking bar (which clamps the blades shut), it is aesthetically pleasing compared to physical security systems, appearing as a conventional window blind. The Fixed Grille has a fixed internal panel when access to the window is not necessary. The Double Lock Grille has a lock on both sides of the panel, so it can be removed for access to the window by unlocking both sides and carefully lifting out. Due to the way the inner panel is positioned when installing this allows this product to be fitted into windows where they may be minimal room to manoeuvre and where a SECURABLINDS Defender Gate might not be able to be installed.

• SECURABLINDS Defender Slider – a two panel/door horizontal slider security blind, internally fitted behind a building’s window for forced entry prevention. Comprising of aluminium outer and steel inner frames, aluminium blades, high tensile rods (which create a barrier of protection), stainless steel shoot bolts and a locking bar for each set of blades (which clamps the blades shut), it is aesthetically pleasing compared to physical security systems, appearing as a conventional window blind. The Slider has two inner panels which slide back/in front of each other to allow access to the window.

SECURABLINDS unique patented design achieves unparalleled resilience and standards in attack from forced entry right up to blast scenarios. The manufacturing methods adhere to ISO 9001:2008. SECURABLINDS blades are made to a patented design for inherent strength and they are further reinforced with high tensile steel rods. Fifteen years of development and testing have culminated in an exact production specification further increasing strength and integrity.

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Mike Lawler CEO at Abbey Protect, commented: “We are delighted to be associated with Secured by Design. Our products and services are perfectly suited to those business that are committed to enhancing security and mitigating risks by employing the most effective accredited products.

“Our securablinds range has been utilised over a wide range of sectors in many countries; Including embassies and government installations, universities and schools, places of worship, commercial banks and private residences.

“We look forward to a continued relationship with Secured By Design and adding our exciting ‘in development’ products to our SBD range in the near future”.

Hazel Goss, Development Officer, Secured by Design, commented: “We are delighted to have Abbey Protect join SBD and gain accreditation for their SECURABLIND Defender range, which is used by governments, the military, police, and individuals worldwide. They are clearly at the forefront of modern security requirements and have come up with advanced and ground-breaking solutions which take account of modern security needs in a highly effective way”.

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About Abbey Protect
Abbey Protect is part of The Abbey Group, a well-established manufacturing company based in the UK, maintaining contracts with some of the UK’s leading companies such as Amazon and Jaguar Land Rover.

The Abbey Protect Security team includes ex-Police (Counter Terrorism Officers) and ex-Military personal who have worked at the highest levels in global security.

Abbey Protect provide aesthetically pleasing, premium security products which enhance both the look and security of infrastructure facilities, businesses and homes.

Abbey Protect provides complete security solutions consultation specifically though not exclusively concerning building and crowded place protection. The product range includes vehicle bollards, cctv and alarm systems, extensive range of high security blinds, doors, films, bars and grilles. The flagship product SECURABLINDS, has been developed over several years to provide maximum security for some of the most sensitive and high profile governmental buildings, businesses and homes whilst taking into consideration functionality and aesthetics. The patented SECURABLINDS product range is manufactured in the UK in the Abbey Protect factory.

The SECURABLINDS patented system won the UK’s Counter Terrorism and Specialist Security Award in 20102, which paid testament to its quality and strength.

Visit www.abbeyprotect.com for more information.

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About Secured by Design
Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, aims to achieve sustainable reductions in crime through design and other approaches to enable people to live in a safer society.

We work in partnership with National and Local Government, British and European standards authorities, trade associations, the construction industry, manufacturers and many other organisations to reduce crime and the fear of crime by incorporating proven crime prevention techniques into the built environment.

We have more than 200 SBD trained police officers and staff in Police Forces around the UK. These Designing Out Crime Officers work with architects, developers and local authority planners to build in tried, tested and proven crime prevention techniques at the planning stage to reduce crime and keep communities safe.

SBD seeks to reduce crime by combining minimum standards of physical security like doors, windows and locks that achieve SBD’s Police Preferred Specification standard and proven design principles of the built environment such as natural surveillance and defensible space.

Whilst Police Forces are unable to recommend specific products, SBD can act as an effective gatekeeper deterring and reducing crime by signposting members of the public, businesses and organisations to our 650-member companies and their products on our website. These companies and their products meet our rigorous Police Preferred Specification standards.

Members’ products range from secure and robust doors, windows and locks through to cutting-edge IT products, CCTV components, and shutters and barriers. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security products in the UK.

Visit www.securedbydesign.com for more information.

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