This official police initiative aims to combine physical security and ‘designing out crime’ by instigating a set of standards to which houses should be made. It’s been found that developments meeting the Secured by Design standard are up to 75% less likely to be burgled, and 25% less likely to be criminally damaged. The additional cost is only around £170, and according to the police-led campaign, an SBD is thought to pay for itself within two years of saved costs from crime. http://www.securedbydesign.com/about-secured-by-design/
Our huge range of SoundSecure products fully meet the Secured by Design standard. Available in fire door standards, these innovative doors are made with durable construction and performance-tested ironmongery, and also meet sound reducing specifications, making them perfect for shared accommodation. All of our standard flush and moulded panel designs can be made to SBD standard, including the Portfolio range.
As well as the construction of a door, ironmongery plays an important part in burglary-prevention. Our doorsets come with a police-approved 3 point espagnolette lock with an anti-bump EuroProfile lock cylinder - working protection from a high specification cylinder guard - as well as a security eye viewer and security chain, while our letterplates can be fitted to security standards. If you aren’t sure if a Premdor door adheres to Secured by Design standards, don’t hesitate to ask.
Although burglaries happen all year round, the turning back of the clocks represents a much larger opportunity for thieves. The winter months can see burglaries spike by around 38% and both Halloween and Bonfire Night are statistically the worst days for burglaries. Despite this, an incredible 13% of people still don’t lock their front door when heading out on these nights and two thirds don’t check that their windows are locked.
You can help homeowners to be more safe and comfortable within their home simply by encouraging them to fit doors which are made to SBD standards.
Whether you’re replacing doors or working on a new build, consider suggesting a Secured by Design door - the benefits will be felt by everyone using the building.