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Last edited 12 Apr 2021
Construction Site Security guide
Secured by Design (SBD) is a police initiative that seeks to encourage the construction industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments, to assist in reducing the opportunity for, and fear of, crime.
SBD is owned by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and has the support of the Home Office Crime Reduction and Community Safety Group and other Government Departments. The National Police Chiefs’ Council for England, Wales and Police Scotland endorse and support the Secured by Design programme.
In 2021, SBD published a guide entitled Construction Site Security. The publication offers advice about how to protect sites from theft, vandalism, arson and other types of security violations that may result in additional long-term financial and scheduling consequences caused by the interruption of work.
The guide was prepared by SBD with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Police Scotland, the Considerate Constructors Scheme, London Fire Brigade (LFB), the National Business Crime Centre, Sold Secure, the UK official Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
The guide can be downloaded for free from the SBD website.
Topics in the guide include:
- Perimeter security.
- Site access.
- Site offices.
- Vehicle protection.
- Plant, machinery and tools.
- Urban exploration or Urbex (this refers to the unauthorised, after hours exploration of infrastructure sites - sometimes with the use of drones - typically for the purpose of photographing and posting to social media).
- Fire prevention.
- Employment screening (including guidance regarding personnel pre-employment requirements and verification measures).
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Access to construction sites.
- Drone regulations and safety.
- Health and safety.
- Perimeter security.
- Preventing unauthorised access to construction sites.
- Secured by design.
- Urban exploration UE.
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