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Q. Is there a fee for seeking the advice of the Crime Prevention Design Advisor for achieving the Secured by Design award?

A. No. There are no charges for our advice or the award.

Q. Will the Secured by Design award to houses suggest they are built in a high crime area?

A. No, the police service is often asked for security advice by home owners in low crime areas. It is common sense prevention and insurance companies will expect it. House purchasers know they need a good lock on the front door wherever they purchase. Research shows that Secured by Design estates experience far less crime and disorder than non-Secured by Design estates. Secured by Design applies quality standards to a range of security measures and should be a positive selling point.

Q. What is an Crime Prevention Design Advisor?

A. The Crime Prevention Design Advisor (CPDA) is a specialist crime prevention officer, trained at the Home Office Crime Reduction College, who deals with crime risk and designing out crime advice for the built environment. In addition to physical security measures the officer will consider defensible space, access, crime and movement generators all of which can contribute to a reduction in crime and disorder.

Q. What is the Architectural Liaison Officers role?

A. This is the same as the Crime Prevention Design Advisor and is the title given to the same role in some police forces.

Q. On a long term development site do I have to renew my Secured by Design certificate every year?

A. No, once the award is made it remains valid unless the developer departs from the agreed specification and falls below the SBD standard. Therefore once the show-house is built the estate may be advertised as SBD compliant.

Q. What is the difference between 'Tested' and 'Certificated' BS 7950 Windows?

Tested Product

A window manufacturer can submit a window for BS 7950 testing to a test laboratory, accredited to UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), and pass. However, this does not ensure that the window tested is the same as the mainstream manufactured item nor is representative of the range of windows and sizes. Fittings or locks might also be subsequently changed for those of an inferior quality. The test results then become invalid. Testing was used in the first instance to encourage manufacturers become accustomed to testing under BS 7950 before moving onto full certification.

Certificated Products

This gives quality assurance. When a manufacturer wishes to comply with the requirements of SBD they must now submit the window range for certification. This involves submission to a UKAS test house, which may or may not be the Certification Authority (CA). A number of windows, representing the whole range, are selected for testing and if they all pass they can be accepted into the certification scheme. The CA visits the production facility to ensure that the products tested are representative of the products supplied to the end user. This is followed by a programme of regular visits to ensure continued quality standards are met and that components have not been altered without informing the CA. During the course of a year the CA will remove a small number of windows for re-testing. This is dependent on the number of windows being produced or a number agreed with the manufacturer. Should any part of the BS 7950 standard be changed/up-dated the manufacturer is expected to upgrade products to retain certification.



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