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Secured by Design at the MLA Expo

Secured by Design (SBD), the official police crime prevention initiative, will be at the MLA Expo at the Telford International Centre from 22nd to 24th October 2021.

Run by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), the show is Europe’s largest locksmith exhibition.

The importance for buildings of all types to be physically secure to deter criminal activity, reduce crime and keep people safe is why SBD has worked with the government, businesses, the construction industry and standards authorities at home and abroad for many years. This led SBD to develop a product based police accreditation scheme some 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification.

Police Preferred Specification ensures that products have been independently tested to a relevant security standard and fully certified by an independent third-party, United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certification body, or tested and certified by an approved body such as Sold Secure or Thatcham. Indeed SBD instigated the formation of the UK Test House Studies Group and Certification Bodies Group for door, window and lock products and have chaired these groups for almost 20 years with the sole aim being to ensure there is parity between test and certification bodies.

MLA Expo 2021 Locksmith Security Exhibition Event V2

Police Preferred Specification requires regular re-testing and annual inspection of the manufacturing facility to ensure quality and performance are maintained (by a UKAS body). This provides assurance that products have been produced under a controlled manufacturing environment in accordance with the specifier’s aims and minimises misrepresentation of the products by unscrupulous manufacturers/suppliers. Better quality means these products last longer too, making them more cost effective and leading to greater sustainability in crime prevention.

SBD will be at the MLA Expo on stand H2.2:

• Friday 22nd October 2021: 10 am – 5.30 pm
• Saturday 23rd October 2021: 10 am – 5.30 pm
• Sunday 24th October 2021: 10 am – 3 pm

Visit for crime prevention advice and details of the many hundreds of companies who produce over 7000 individual attack resistant crime prevention products in more than 30 different categories that have met the exacting Police Preferred Specification. This includes doors, windows, external storage, bicycle and motorcycle security, locks and hardware, asset marking, alarms, CCTV, safes, perimeter security products and many others.