Designing out crime

Secured by Design is the official UK Police initiative aiming to reduce crime through better design of products and services.

The scheme was established in 1989 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and has been proven to reduce the risk of crime by up to 75%.

As well as promoting secure products designed to “The Police Preferred Specification”, Secured by Design is instrumental in the success of crime reduction schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch.

Since Secured by Design’s inception nearly 25 years ago no garden shed has ever passed its demanding testing process – until now.

To assess a product for Secured by Design, an independent body of experienced engineers at BRE (Building Research Establishment), explore every aspect of the product looking for weaknesses. After analysis they attempt a series of physical attacks to attempt to gain entry to the enclosure.

The testing is rigorous and destructive. The DaylightSecure Max is the first garden shed ever to succeed, and is now The Police Preferred Specification.

Secured by Design, SBD and the Secured by Design logos are trademarks of and solely owned by ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives.

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