Is your home ‘secured by design’?
Working alongside the Police Service in the UK, Secured by Design (SBD) delivers a range of crime prevention initiatives to make homes more secure. Their objective is to achieve sustainable reductions in crime through design and other approaches.
SBD works with industry bodies and manufacturers to raise standards in product manufacture. The organisation started by tackling variations in the quality of products being sold against the products that were originally tested. It has raised awareness of the importance and benefits of security throughout the standards and construction industry.
SBD design guides
A series of design guides by SBD offers advice on standards to assist the building, design and construction industry to incorporate security into developments to comply with the Building Regulations in England, Scotland and Wales and meet the requirements of SBD.
These guides offer a valuable source of reference to architects, developers, self-builders, local authority planners and police officers.
Advice on securing doors
Advice in these guides specifies that all doors allowing direct access into the home, e.g. front and rear doors, interconnecting garage doors, French doors, bi-fold or sliding patio doors, dedicated private flat or apartment entrance doors, easily accessible balcony doors should be certificated to one of a list of set standards.
For new residential homes, they recommend that the end user of the door understands how to operate the locking system. Therefore, clear operating instructions that can be easily removed by the end user must be attached to the inner face of the door.
Communal entrance doors in blocks serving four dwellings or less, over more than two floors, are required to have a visitor door entry system and access control system (regardless of the number of flats, apartments, bedsits or bedrooms).
Tradesperson or timed-release mechanisms are not permitted as they’ve been proven to be the cause of antisocial behaviour and unlawful access to communal developments.
Advice on securing windows
SBD makes the following recommendations for windows.
• Windows should be installed with multipoint espagnolette locking systems that have been shown by test to meet the security requirements of PAS 24:2016 as a component part of a window of the same material. There should be locking points within 100mm from the corner of the casement.
• Unless the window is a designated emergency egress route, it should have three points of locking consisting of a key-operated locking handle, and two surface mounted locks, one fitted to the end of each opener to prevent leverage.
Advice on alarm standards
To date, the guide has not included alarm system installers, but has created a new SBD Alarm Standard. Technical requirements for an SBD Alarm System for residential include:
• All alarms to be compliant with PD 6662 and only certificated equipment to be used.
• Minimum requirement is a Grade 2 alarm system but to include anti-masking.
• Systems will have dual-path signalling to DP2 minimum.
For more detail on SBD guides visit: https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/design-guides
Would you like expert advice on how to secure your home or business?
The advice given in the SBD guides is aimed at assisting the building, design and construction industry to incorporate security into developments. If you’d like personal advice on how to improve the security of your property, whether residential or commercial, contact Rocks Locks.
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