Secured by Design
Secured by Design – an introduction
Secured by Design is an official UK Police initiative which focuses on crime prevention at the design, layout and construction of homes. The principles have been proven to achieve a reduction of crime risk by up to 75%, by combining a variety of factors including well-tested principles of natural surveillance and defensible space.
The concept of Secured by Design
“One of the Government’s key objectives for the planning of new housing is to secure high quality sustainable places where people will choose to live”. The design of developments can assist to reduce the opportunity for crime as well as the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment
Why Secured by Design?
“Incorporating sensible security measures during the construction of a new development or the refurbishment of buildings and estates has been shown to reduce levels of crime, fear of crime and disorder. This works best if balanced with the need to achieve desirable places to live. The aim of the police service is to assist in the design process to achieve a safe and secure environment for residents and users of public space, without creating a fortress mentality, which would be counter-productive not only in terms of the government’s objectives for the creation of attractive living environments and sustainable communities, but also ultimately in terms of security. By providing quality environments and ensuring that they are properly managed and maintained, communities can more readily be encouraged to exercise a sense of ownership and responsibility. By bringing the crime prevention experience of the police more fully into the planning and design process, a balance can be achieved, and the government’s desire to create better places to live can be fulfilled.” Extract from Secured by Design Principles
The Marketing benefit of Secured by Design
Whilst the occupiers benefit for safer and more secure environments and buildings, the developers also gain a significant marketing opportunity. Developers gaining Secured by Design approval are entitled to use the official Secured by Design logo for advertising and marketing.
At Hunter Architects & Planners we have experience of working with Architectural Liaison Officers and designing dwellings which have been certified as Secured by Design. Please contact us to discuss your project.