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Research, Case Studies & Guidance


This case study shows that security standards improve public perception of local crime risk and residents’ physical and emotional wellbeing and that SBD can drive down crime rates, not only in new builds, but in retrofits too.

The Resilient Design Tool (RDT) will help key decision makers consider the proportionate use of counter terrorism (CT) design features in new and existing developments planned for crowded public places (i.e. anywhere in, or adjacent to, locations to which large numbers of the general public have access).

Independent research carried out by Huddersfield University compared 16 Secured by Design awarded new-build estates against similar but non-awarded estates in West Yorkshire during August 2007 and July 2008.

Crime is not simply an infraction of criminal law, but is also a social issue that affects everybody and imposes high costs to society. These costs can be divided between the tangible (those more amenable to measurement, such as the cost of policing), and the intangible, which are more difficult to quantify, such as the emotional cost to victims (Dolan et al. 2005).

This guide gives lots of helpful advice about the kinds of things that developers and their agents need to think about when tackling the issue of planning for crime prevention.

Lighting Against Crime
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This guide will provide the reader with a basic understanding of some of the terminology used when discussing external lighting systems and the recommended levels of illumination used to combat crime, the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Home security and place design: some evidence and its policy implications, a document prepared by Professor Ken Pease OBE and Professor Martin Gill.

The Caledonian Environment Centre was commissioned by Glasgow Housing Association, Strathclyde Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime prevention Initiatives to carry out analysis of the impact of Secured by Design
(SBD) door and window installation within GHA housing stock. The evaluation was also supported by the Scottish Government.

ADQ Brochure
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This leaflet provides guidance on how SBD Approval, and the standards that we support on behalf of the Police Service, can be used to discharge the requirements of the Building Regulation and ADQ. It is intended for planners, local authority building control officers, architects, developers and any other persons requiring guidance on this matter.