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Alarm standard, digital centre launches at IFSEC 2019

Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, is among exhibitors at IFSEC 2019 and while marking its 30th anniversary will launch a new alarm standard.

As background; SBD works with the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, physical product manufacturers, trade and business bodies, testing houses, certification bodies, and standards authorities among others.

SBD’s activities generated a demand for security-rated products; hence SBD created a product based police accreditation scheme some 20 years ago. More than 800 SBD member companies produce a variety of crime prevention products across a range of industry sectors, but to date this has not included alarm system installers.

However, finding industry interest SBD have created a new SBD Alarm Standard. SBD says it’s not a replacement for the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP), or an alternative for certification by a UKAS accredited certification body (as delivered by NSI or SSAIB), but incorporates the existing criteria while building on police and industry knowledge and expertise to produce the new enhanced SBD Alarm Standard.

Installers meeting the SBD standard will have the option of joining the new SBD scheme, after an assessment from their respective Alarm Inspectorate body, enabling members to use the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ branding.

The SBD Alarm Standard will launch when the three-day show opens at Excel in London Docklands, on Tuesday, June 18, 10am, at the SBD stand, IF746a.

After, at 10.30am, the Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) will launch. Its mission; to reduce the vulnerability of organisations to cyber-crime. As part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), the parent body of Secured by Design, the PDSCs work will include a community outreach programme and the design and delivery of accredited training through the Police Crime Prevention Academy.

The PDSC has also worked with BSI (British Standards Institution) on information security to further support UK businesses.


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