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Martec Engineering sponsor vehicle for Police Scotland

Secured by Design member company, Martec Engineering Group, has generously sponsored a car to assist Police Scotland’s National Designing Out Crime Manager, Stuart Ward, to undertake his work across the country.

Stuart’s role involves overseeing the work of Police Scotland’s 13 divisional Architectural Liaison Officers, who are trained in interpreting architectural drawings and assessing the physical environment, in order to recommend measures which can be applied to reduce or eliminate the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour, helping to create safe and sustainable communities.

Stuart was handed the keys to the silver Audi at the iconic Forth Rail Bridge by Martec Chairman Martin McHugh, and Gary Miller, Managing Director.

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Martin McHugh, Martec Engineering, said: “Martec has been a Secured by Design member over the last 18 years, and we believe passionately that the standards they set ensures the best possible products are used, providing the end users with the safest living conditions possible. We are absolutely delighted to provide sponsorship in this way to aid Stuart carry out the great work that Secured by Design is known for all over Scotland and beyond.”

Chief Inspector Anton Stephenson from Police Scotland, said: “This vehicle is a welcome addition to Police Scotland's fleet and we are grateful for the support from Martec. It will ensure our Designing Out Crime manager, Stuart Ward, is easily able to carry out his highly significant role much more easily, once COVID travel restrictions ease. The ability to access a dedicated vehicle provides Stuart with increased opportunities to respond quickly to demands for his skills and knowledge.”

Secured by Design National Manager Kenny McHugh said: "On behalf of Secured by Design I would like to thank Martec Engineering for their generosity in sponsoring this vehicle. It will be of immense value to Stuart as he undertakes his invaluable work to reduce crime and help build safer communities across Scotland”.

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Stuart has worked as a Crime Prevention Design Advisor for Police Scotland for nearly 25 years and as the force’s National Designing Out Crime Manager since 2014. He won Secured by Design’s National Building Approval award in 2020 and also received a commendation for his services to crime prevention and designing out crime.

Founded in 1985, Martec Engineering specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke architectural metalwork and glazing systems. Martec Engineering have been members of Secured by Design since 2003, with a number of their products having achieved Police Preferred Specification for their security. You can find out more about Martec Engineering and their range of SBD accredited products here:

Secured by Design is the official police security initiative that is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim to reduce crime and help people live more safely.

SBD developed a product based accreditation scheme over 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification, which provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. SBD work with manufacturers and standards authorities to ensure that security standards are current and updated to keep pace with emerging crime trends.

Secured by Design is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

Any request for Architectural Liaison services support in Scotland can be made by contacting or by calling 101.