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Sheltered accommodation

Secured by Design

Sheltered accommodation

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Core Supplement


Secured by Design


Concerned with the following security aspects of sheltered accommodation; lighting, gates (vehicular), main communal entrance doors, other commercial access doors, final communal fire exit doors, unit front doors, and alarms.


Replaces 2001 version.


Publisher History

Now known as the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) existed until 31 March 2015, as an independent professional body coordinating the development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The ACPO formed the Crime Prevention Initiatives to manage projects such as Secured by Design, which was established in 1989 and focussed on providing design guidance and security for new and refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks.



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