Secured By Design accredited

GMS Security Services renew membership with SBD

GMS Security Services, part of the GMS Group is one of the latest companies to renew their membership with Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative.

GMS Security Services is a privately owned national security specialist, with its Head Office in the West Midlands. Established as a manned guarding business in 1997, the company has been leading the market in innovation, service and delivery ever since.

GMS is now approaching the top 30 companies operating in the regulated security sector and is proud to protect the assets of leading global brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, CEMEX, Kerry Foods, AF Blakemore & Son, VAX and Neovia.

GMS Security Services has achieved the SBD Police Preferred Specification for their key holding service, underlining their commitment to quality and security in this service. You can find out more about the company and their SBD key holding service here.

Commenting on their SBD membership, Ben Neate, Operations Director at GMS Group said: “We are proud to continue our association with Secured by Design because the standard recognises the robust processes we have in place to keep our customer’s keys secure. It is unique for the SBD standard to be applied to a process, rather than a physical item so it gives our customers reassurance that their keys will be safe when they are handed over to GMS.”

SBD Development Officer Ruari Robertson said: “I am delighted that GMS have decided to renew their membership. As the only approved provider of a key-holding service within Secured by Design it is good to know that they are keen to continue that relationship for another year”.

SBD is the official police security initiative that is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim to reduce crime and help people live more safely.

SBD seek to improve the physical security of buildings using products, such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems that meet the SBD Police Preferred Specification security requirements.

In addition, SBD work closely with builders, developers, local authorities and registered housing associations to incorporate the police crime prevention standards into developments from initial concept and design, through to construction and completion. Police forces throughout the UK have specially trained Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) who offer police designing out crime and SBD advice free of charge. Over one million homes have been built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.

SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies.

SBD developed a product based accreditation scheme over 20 years ago – the Police Preferred Specification, which provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. SBD work with manufacturers and standards authorities to ensure that security standards are current and updated to keep pace with emerging crime trends.

There are currently many hundreds of companies producing thousands of attack resistant crime prevention products, across over 30 different crime categories, which have achieved Police Preferred Specification.

SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.