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Secured by Design marks 30th Anniversary with new Alarm Standard launch

Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, marked its 30th Anniversary with the launch of a new Alarm Standard at IFSEC 2019.

With the principle aim of delivering a wide range of crime prevention activities across the UK, SBD work in partnership with the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, manufacturers, trade and business organisations, testing houses, certification bodies, standards authorities and many others.

SBD’s activities over the years generated a demand for security rated products and for this reason SBD created a product based police accreditation scheme some 20 years ago. Presently there are more than 800 SBD member companies producing a significant variety of crime prevention products across a wide range of industry sectors, but to date this has not included alarm system installers.

However, following increasing industry interest SBD have created a new SBD Alarm Standard. The new standard is not a replacement for the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP), or an alternative for certification by a UKAS accredited certification body (currently delivered by NSI or SSAIB), but incorporates the existing criteria whilst building on police and industry knowledge and expertise to produce the new enhanced SBD Alarm Standard.

Launch of new SBD Alarm Standard webKen Meanwell and SBD CEO Guy Ferguson launch new SBD Alarm Standard with Mike Reddington
and David Wilkinson from the BSIA, Robert Conlon from the NSI & Alex Carmmichael from the SSIAB

Installers meeting the SBD Alarm Standard now have the option of joining the new SBD scheme, following an assessment from their respective Alarm Inspectorate body, enabling members to utilise the powerful and trusted ‘Police Preferred Specification’ branding and therefore gaining a marketing advantage.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security-related products, services or installations in the UK.

Ken Meanwell, Compliance Manager, Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, said: "The introduction of the SBD standard for security systems will give installers the opportunity to install a high quality alarm system with police response. SBD systems have been specifically designed to reduce false calls, which will reduce the risk for end users."

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SBD is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. Board Members include senior police officers from each of the four Home Nations who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.

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Ken Meanwell Guy Ferguson webSBD Compliance Manager Ken Meanwell with SBD CEO Guy Ferguson