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Secured by Design – the story so far

Michael Brooke (Development Officer at Association of Chief Police Officers Secured by Design, London, UK)

Safer Communities

ISSN: 1757-8043

Article publication date: 30 September 2013



The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the development of the Secured by Design (SBD) award scheme in the UK.


The paper is an invited opinion piece and comment based upon the specialist experience and viewpoint of the author as a Development Officer at the Association of Chief Police Officers SBD.


The paper describes the rationale for the development of the SBD award scheme and outlines the key elements which must be achieved to obtain SBD accreditation. The paper refers to the findings from a number of evaluations which have indicated that dwellings built to the SBD standard are less likely to experience crime and disorder compared to dwellings which have not been built to the standard.


The paper provides a historical review of the development of the SBD scheme and outlines current and future areas of work.



Brooke, M. (2013), "Secured by Design – the story so far", Safer Communities, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 154-162.



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