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Secured by Design at the MLA Expo 2023

Secured by Design (SBD), the official police crime prevention initiative, will be at the MLA Expo at the Telford International Centre from 20th to 22nd October 2023. 

Run by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), the expo is the premier locksmith & security exhibition in Europe, featuring exhibitors and attendees from all across the world.

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 nearly 25 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 25 years with the sole aim being to ensure there is parity between test and certification bodies.

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.

Come along and visit us at stand TB1 to find out more about both our work and the Police Preferred Specification if you're exhibiting at, or visiting, the show.