We’re proud of being widely recognised for the work that we do in providing lone worker safety. We’re also always pleased when that recognition helps potential new clients feel more comfortable with securing our services. That’s why we’re particularly honoured to hold the coveted Secured by Design (SBD) award. In this blog we’re going to be looking in more detail about the scheme, and why it’s so important for us.
The Secured by Design scheme is backed by UK police
Secured by Design (SBD) was founded in 1989 by the UK police service; it celebrated 30 years of security excellence last year. In short, SBD is the official UK police flagship initiative which aims to reduce crime through effective design of physical security and processes. The scheme calls for the installation and deployment of security products that meet police-approved standards.
SBD started as a scheme promoting the physical safety of homes and to combat the significant rise in burglary. During 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. Externally glazed windows and doors were relatively easy to enter. In the wider built environment, sky walkways and subways created a haven for criminal activities, allowing for numerous escape routes and increased anonymity.
SBD started working with industry bodies and manufacturers to tackle variations in the quality of the product being sold against the product that was originally tested. SBD also worked with the UK government to embed crime prevention into the planning process. All this security advice and guidance is available in a series of SBD Design Guides which provide an authoritative source of reference. They are updated periodically to reflect product innovation, new technology and changing patterns of criminal behaviour.
Beyond physical security to encompass lone worker safety
From its initial focus on physical safety in housing, SBD has developed into other fields where good design promotes physical safety and wellbeing. SBD has an established Police Preferred Specification accreditation, which is awarded to products that meet certain security requirements. Effectively, SBD signposts to companies and products that meet their high standards to deter and reduce crime. This covers everything from access control and door entry systems to vehicle security.
Lone Worker Solutions is a SBD member company for the Personal Security, Lone Worker and Vulnerable Person Protection category. The Safe Hub lone worker safety system, our dedicated devices and apps are all listed as products which carry the Police Preferred Specification. They’ve been successfully tested to SBD requirements. We protect lone workers in the broadest range of scenarios, and we provide them with the help they need as soon as they need it. Thanks to our other accreditations, we can bypass normal 999 procedures to expedite an emergency response where that’s called for.
Lone worker safety in the round during the current crisis
At this particular time of uncertainty, it’s really helpful to be able to demonstrate excellence. That’s why we’re so proud of holding Police Preferred Specification through SBD. But we’re also conscious that many lone workers and their employers will be looking at health and wellbeing more generally, beyond physical security. That’s why we’re committed to providing as much support and information to our clients as possible. Here are links to resources which you might find useful in the battle against the Covid-19 coronavirus.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Health & Safety Executive
To find out about how our lone worker safety system is Secured by Design, contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today.
Post by George Stavrinidis
George is Chief Executive Officer of Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He believes passionately that everyone should be protected and supported at work. George supports LWS clients to make sure they enjoy the most effective relationship with the team and maximise the effectiveness of their deployment of Safe Hub.