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Homes 2023 launched at ATLAS conference

The Secured by Design (SBD) ATLAS national training conference and exhibition saw the launch of Homes 2023, SBD’s updated guidance for domestic properties.

Homes 2023, which has been designed to cater for the security of all new and refurbished homes including those for disabled and older people, incorporates the latest security standards, developed to address emerging criminal methods of attack, and includes references to the Building Regulations and other statutory requirements across the United Kingdom. 

Michael Brooke, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Police Crime Prevention Initiatives comments: “There have been some major changes from the Secured by Design Homes 2019 guide, with significant areas that have been changed including bicycle parking; doorsets and windows and their fitness for purpose (BS 6375); lift security (BS EN 81) and the introduction of PAS 24:2022. 

“The requirements and recommendations within this guide are based upon academically sound research findings that have proven SBD to deliver significant crime reductions and cost efficiency savings for a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities, housing associations, landlords, residents and the police service. The police service continually re-evaluates the effectiveness of Secured by Design and responds to emerging crime trends and independent research findings, in conjunction with industry partners, as and when it is considered necessary and to protect the public from crime. 

“The police service places great importance upon the need to build sustainable and inclusive communities and to raise awareness of the significant impact that low crime makes to the ongoing and long-term sustainability of a development. Should you wish to contribute to this or any of the SBD guides please contact Secured by Design by email at ”. 

This iteration of Secured by Design Homes is applicable to all SBD applications made after 1st March 2023. 

You can view / download Homes 2023 for free here

SBD Development Awards 

Developers around the UK can achieve 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.

These awards are gained by working with SBD’s specially trained police Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs), who advise architects, developers and local authority planners long before construction begins – and continue to provide advice and guidance until the development is complete. This service is provided free of charge. 

SBD Design Guides

Homes 2023 is part of a series of authoritative Design Guides produced by SBD to assist the building, design and construction industry 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 and cover a range of building sectors, including residential, education, health, transport and commercial.  They are available for download for free here.

Architects, Town Planners & Developers

Architects, Town Planners & Developers can request a professional development session on crime prevention and designing out crime from SBD.

This RIBA Accredited course provides architects and planners with an introduction to the Secured by Design (SBD) initiative. The completion of this course attracts 3 CPD points for architects from RIBA and achieving this CPD course will provide a better understanding about the benefits of SBD and contribute to an effective working relationship with the local police Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO). 

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