Kaba Ltd (UK & Ireland) are pleased to announce that they are now a member of Secured by Design, the flagship UK Police initiative to help ‘design out’ crime through the use of high-quality innovative products and processes. On Monday, 15th September 2014, Kaba received a coveted Secured by Design (SBD) Award for their pExtra cylinders, including the Kitemark approved TS007 3-star cylinder pExtra Guard.
Secured by Design is the initiative owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers that aims to reduce crime through effective environmental design. The scheme also calls for the installation of security products that meet police approved standards. The Secured by Design logo is the only symbol that guarantees National Police approval of a product, providing architects, planners, specifiers, builders and end customers with reassurance that it provides a realistic level of resistance to criminal attack. It is widely recognised within the building industry and is increasingly being listed as a mandatory requirement in tenders.
Doug Skins, a development officer for Secured by Design, explained: “The principles of Secured by Design have been proven to reduce the risk and the fear of crime. For example, in West Yorkshire research demonstrated that newly built developments with a Secured by Design award are up to 75% less likely to experience crime.”
In order to achieve Secured by Design status, the pExtra cylinders had to adhere to the organisation’s rigorous test standards. Kaba’s innovative lock cylinder pExtra Guard was specifically developed to meet the TS007 British Kitemark 3-star Cylinder Standard. It protects your door from all common types of attacks, such as drilling, picking, bumping, snapping and even plug extraction. To provide a counter-measure to, amongst others, the increasing threat of snapping locks, the cylinder itself features several layers of protection. In particular the cylinder features a sacrificial break slot, which ensures that, in the event of the cylinder being snapped, the secure core of the lock is retained within the door, preventing forced override of the cylinder.
Paul Spencer, Head of Marketing for Kaba UK and Ireland, explained what the Secured by Design membership means to the business: “Gaining Secured by Design approval for our pExtra cylinders is a significant achievement, demonstrating our commitment to safety and sustainability and providing our valued customers with reassurance that our product matches performance claims.”
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