Police Preferred Specification
On behalf of the UK Police Service, SBD also operates an accreditation scheme for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services - which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a 'Police Preferred Specification'.
The Police Preferred Specification scheme has been operating for over 20 years. It requires all security products to meet or exceed the performance expectations documented within the relevant security standard for that type of product. It ensures that the product is sufficiently robust to resist physical attack by casual and opportunistic criminals.
The SBD focus is on the critical factors that combine to deliver a product's performance - design, use, quality control and the ability to deter or prevent crime.
Products that have met the Police Preferred Specification provide reassurance to the specifier, purchaser or user that their products have been independently tested to a relevant security standard and fully certified by an independent third-party certification body recognised by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), or tested and certified by an alternative approved body such as Sold Secure or Thatcham.
Indeed, SBD instigated the formation of the UK Test House Studies Group and Certification Bodies Group for doorsets, windows and lock products, and have chaired these groups for almost 20 years with the sole aim being to ensure there is parity between test and certification bodies. Better quality means these products last longer too, making them more cost effective and leading to greater sustainability in crime prevention.
The SBD website contains details of the many hundreds of companies who produce over 7000 individual attack resistant crime prevention products in more than 30 different categories that have met the exacting Police Preferred Specification. This includes doors, windows, external storage, bicycle and motorcycle security, locks and hardware, asset marking, alarms, CCTV, safes, perimeter security products and many others.
All of the companies have their full website and contact information listed, as well as a detailed list of all of the SBD accredited products which they provide.
SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK. For further information, contact Kenny McHugh at Kenny.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenny McHugh is the National Lead for Secured By
Design. He has the responsibility of managing the Development Officer
team with Police CPI (Secured by Design) and the day to day operation of
the SBD initiative. Over and above his managerial responsibilities, he
looks after the SBD member companies in Scotland, Northern Ireland &