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Lighting against crime. A guide for crime reduction professionals

Secured by Design

Lighting against crime. A guide for crime reduction professionals

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Secured by Design


Provides guidance for the designing and specifying appropriate external lighting, as well as ensuring correct terminology is used, in relation to crime and antisocial behaviour. Covers good lighting, light distribution, colour of light and light pollution.


Published in conjunction with ILP.


Publisher History

Now known as the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC). The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) existed until 31 March 2015, and operated as an independent professional body leading and coordinating the direction and 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



NBS has produced specification systems and information products for construction industry professionals for more than 40 years. The National Building Specification is the recognised UK national standard and is used by over 5,000 organisations. NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd.


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