The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) set up Secured by Design (SBD) to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in housing.
The scheme creates a safer and more secure environment, including safer windows.
Surprisingly, security isn’t a British Standard! Yes products must be “fit for purpose” but that requires simply holding the window together, most standrad windows offer very little resistance to attempted break ins.
We pay to belong to this organisation and to have our products tested regularly. Very few products meet these enhanced security levels but fitting the same unique cam catches, finger latches and alike and having them independently tested by SBD, means you can be satisfied that your windows will be as secure as we claim them to be.
The programme is endorsed and supported by The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and funded through partnership with companies like ours. Our products meet technical standards identified by the ACPO – so the windows we supply you with are independently tested and deemed secure.
The scheme requires manufacturers to meet six core criteria:
Many companies will claim that their sash windows have SBD Accreditation when this is not the case, you can verify our claim by searching the SBD website – www.securedbydesign.com – selecting vertical sliding windows.
“The communication and customer service has been excellent”. - Mrs B – Guildford
"These windows are a premium range but secure, A rated and have a very authentic grained appearance.” - GP – Essex
"The conservation officer had to be told that these sash windows weren't timber!" "They're a perfect match for the old ones and for our period property, but are more secure, retain the heat of the room and look great inside and out.” - Mr D W – Stoke
"We wanted someone we could trust. Having the double guarantee and back up of bygone themselves was the final reassurance we needed but we shouldn't have worried. Will get them back again next year when we can afford some more” - Mr C K - Derbyshire
"WE DESPERATELY WANTED TO RETAIN THE INTERNAL SHUTTERS" - MRS S.B - OXFORD
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