University students find out about SBD’s crime prevention work
University students heard about the preventative side of policing today, as Secured by Design Development (SBD) Officer Lyn Poole visited Canterbury Christ Church University and spoke with students undertaking a policing course about the work that SBD undertake on behalf of the Police Service across the UK.
The students also heard from Linda Mason, one of Kent Police’s SBD trained Designing Out Crime Officers, who spoke about her front line role working with architects, developers and local authority planners to design out crime long before construction begins.
SBD is a police-owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives.
SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors. It has achieved some significant success including one million homes built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.
SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Police Service through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies to ensure that their publicly available standards actually meet the needs of the police and public alike.
Products must be subjected to vigorous testing and auditing by an accredited third party organisation before being allowed to carry the SBD logo – this is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security related products in the UK.