Business Insight 3 renews with Secured by Design

August 10, 2022


High-tech security and customer intelligence solutions provider, Business Insight 3 , has renewed its membership with Secured by Design (SBD) , the official police security initiative.

Since 2009, Business Insight 3 have been supplying new and innovative security and retail solutions to customers throughout the UK and Ireland.

They specialise in finding effective solutions to solve the challenges that customers face, and with this expertise have built up relationships with world leading manufacturers and suppliers.

Business Insight 3, a Lancashire-based company, prides itself on service, with their dedicated team available to support any project from design and specification through to install and after sales support, to ensure that their solutions meet customer needs.

Their accredited range include their Davantis series of CCTV systems, and their TDFlex door entry detector from IEE Sensing.

Glen Higson, Managing Director of Business Insight 3, said: “Bi3 have been close members of SBD for many years with two products holding the coveted SBD accreditation.

“This has held value to both Bi3 and our clients as an assurance of quality as our technology continues to secure and protect thousands of people and assets throughout the UK.”

Hazel Goss, Secured by Design spokesman, commented: “It has been a pleasure to renewal contracts with Business Insight 3, who have been members since 2016. They offer an excellent range of video analytics products, and I am looking forward to working alongside them for many more years.”

Secured by Design (SBD) is the official police security initiative that is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim to reduce crime and help people live more safely.

SBD seeks to improve the physical security of buildings and the surrounding area using products such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems, along with fencing systems, that meet the SBD Police Preferred Specification security requirements.

In addition, SBD works closely with builders, developers, local authorities and registered housing associations to incorporate the police crime prevention standards into developments from initial concept and design, through to construction and completion.

Police forces throughout the UK have specially-trained Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) who offer police designing out crime and SBD advice free of charge. Over one million homes have been built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.

SBD has many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies.

SBD developed a product based accreditation scheme over 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification, which provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. SBD work with manufacturers and standards authorities to ensure that security standards are current and updated to keep pace with emerging crime trends.

There are currently many hundreds of companies producing thousands of attack resistant crime prevention products, across over 30 different crime categories, which have achieved Police Preferred Specification.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

SBD story

SBD was created in 1989 following the housing boom of the 1960s-1980s when there was a huge and urgent demand for housing. Estates were built quickly and often cheaply without any basic security. Burglars found externally glazed windows and doors relatively easy to enter as all they had to do in many cases was lift out the double-glazing and climb through the frame. In the wider built environment, sky walkways and subways incorporated into many large estates were designed to keep apart pedestrians and the rapidly growing number of vehicles. However, this created a haven for criminal activities where escape routes were everywhere and anonymity was absolute. In response, the Police Service set up SBD to combat the significant rise in burglary.

SBD awareness

SBD started working with industry bodies and manufacturers to tackle the variations in the quality of the product being sold against the product that was originally tested. With SBD driving the market, it resulted in test houses being created and certification bodies set up to meet the demand. This work over many years has raised the awareness of the importance and benefits of security throughout the standards and construction industry. Today, products like doors and windows have to be certified by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certification body before being considered for SBD’s Police Preferred Specification.

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