This week’s updates are:

1. Nottingham Impact Research update 2012-13 - The document, released in June 2013 is attached. Another example of how SBD reduces crime.

2. Special Edition of the Safer Communities Journal entitled: 'Designing out Crime: Voices from the Fields' – Thanks to Leanne Monchcuk for this.

3. Secured Environments – Thanks to Professor Martin Gill, Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International (PRCI) Ltd

4. Pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves targeted across London during BTP day of action

5. HCA Newsletter

6. 'Nationally significant' regime set to be extended

7. Inward opening SBD communal door.

8. College tackles anti-social behaviour at a national level

9. Search and screening – explosives and weapons detection

10. Dawn of the 'Smart City' era: How the vast quantities of data we all produce is set to revolutionise the way we design and build our cities

11. Persimmon remains strong into Autumn – From Housebuilder News.

12. Bovis in strong forward sales position – From Housebuilder News.

13. A good year for Banner - From Housebuilder News.

Visit the 'Secured By Design' web site for CPDA contact details, design guides, licence holders & application forms: www.securedbydesign.com

1. Nottingham Impact Research update 2012-13 - The document, released in June 2013 is attached. Another example of how SBD reduces crime.

This is an updated document regarding the positive effect of fitting Secured by Design (SBD) windows and doors on an estate in Nottingham. It shows how this has reduced burglary on that estate compared to an estate where such windows were not fitted.

“The number of burglaries each year has reduced by 58% two years after the windows were installed, despite a slight rise in burglaries to non-NCH properties on the same estates in the last year.” ...

“Crime and security: Conclusions and recommendations

The initial Decent Homes programme replaced all single-glazed windows, but only those doors that were beyond repair. The window replacement programme is almost complete, and over 17,500 properties have been fitted with SBD double-glazing, To date, over 7,000 SBD doors have been fitted in addition. In Aspley, forced entry via a door remains the most common type of burglary to NCH properties. Burglary rates to properties with new windows and doors is significantly lower in the ‘high impact neighbourhoods’.

Both of these findings support the recommendation to:

Continue with the door replacement programme to replace all timber doors with Secure by Design PVCu doors over the next five years, focusing on ‘high impact neighbourhoods’.

It is clear that target hardening has a positive effect on reducing forced entry. For example, forced entry to NCH properties in Aspley has fallen by nearly two thirds. However, burglaries via non-forced entry (largely where the property is left unsecured), have not seen such large reductions, and have only fallen by a third.

Across the ‘high impact neighbourhoods’, over half of burglaries in the last five years have been as a result of insecurities, rather than forced entry...

Insecurity in NCH properties as a result of behavioural factors (such as leaving windows/ doors unsecured) could be addressed through joint awareness raising between police and NCH.”

2. Special Edition of the Safer Communities Journal entitled: 'Designing out Crime: Voices from the Fields' – Thanks to Leanne Monchcuk for this.

This is a collection of papers, by practitioners from England, Australia and New Zealand about their experiences of designing out crime on the ground. More information can be found in this press release: http://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2013/november/criminologyresearchereditsspecialeditionofsafercommunities.php and http://www.emeraldinsight.com/about/news/story.htm?id=5022

The papers include:

1) Michael Brooke - Secured by Design - the story so far

2) Nick Goldby (ARUP) and Ian Heward (Metropolitan Police) - Designing out Crime in the Delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

3) Jonathan Knapp (Australia) - Safety and Urban Design - the role of CPTED in the design process

4) Sue Ramsey (NZ) - The role of CPTED in post-earthquake Christchurch

5) Chris Butler (NZ) - What constitues sucess? A critical review of the practice and implementation of CPTED in New Zealand.

These articles and the guest editorial from Leanne Monchuck, are FREE to download from the publisher's website until 7th December by visiting www.emeraldinsight.com/tk/design <http://www.emeraldinsight.com/tk/design> and using the following details to log in: username: safercommunities password: emerald2013

If anyone wants any further information then can contact Leanne Monchuk, Research Assistant The Applied Criminology Centre University of Huddersfield, Human and Health Research Building (HHRB 2/01), Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH Tel: +44 (0)1484 472670 Website: http://www.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffuid=shumlym

3. Secured Environments – Thanks to Professor Martin Gill, Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International (PRCI) Ltd

For information of readers a few new organisations have registered recently for the Secured Environments Scheme and interest is growing. 'Secured Environments' is a police certification scheme. It is awarded to organisations that run their security well and are able to show that they have adopted six key principles for protecting themselves against crime. Upon registering organisations are guided through the process. The requirement is to meet six key principles at which point organisations are accredited as 'Secured Environments' which is a national police approved 3 year accreditation . The aim is to help organisations to think about their risks and how to make the best use of measures they already have. It is the type of scheme every organisation can sign up to and the key indicator of success so far is that those that have been approved have sought reaccreditation.
More information is available at: http://www.securedenvironments.com/

4. Pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves targeted across London during BTP day of action

Pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves were targeted during a British Transport Police (BTP) operation, which resulted in 25 arrests across London.
More available at: http://www.railcommunitysafety.com/News/Pages/Pickpockets,-gadget-grabbers-and-luggage-thieves-targeted-across-London-during-BTP-day-of-action.aspx

As part of Op Magnum, officers have issued video clips to help the travelling public spot 13 of the most common tricks thieves use, available at:

http://www.btp.police.uk/theft/#sthash.n1uVSU5H.HRT4rcp1.dpbs

5. HCA Newsletter
The newsletter for 6th November 2013 is available at: http://email.homesandcommunities.co.uk/communique/static/2652/17324473

6. 'Nationally significant' regime set to be extended

The Government has published the secondary legislation needed to extend the Planning Act 2008 regime to certain categories of business and commercial projects. The categories include major office, warehousing, manufacturing, research and development facilities as well as significant tourism and leisure schemes including sports stadia. According to the policy statement accompanying the legislation any developer wanting to use the 2008 Act regime will have to satisfy the Secretary of State that the scheme is nationally significant. Typically this will mean the project will have a significant economic impact, or is important for driving growth in the economy or has an impact across an area wider than a single local authority area. the Secretary of State would not normally expect to receive requests for construction projects where the gross internal floor space to be created by the project is less than 40,000 square meters; for leisure, tourism and sports facilities where the area to be developed is less than 100 hectares; or for sports stadia where the seating capacity is less than 40,000 seats.
More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2013/november13/071113/071113_1

7. Inward opening SBD communal door.

NEOS Protect Ltd (an SBD licensed company), have become the first UK company to achieve SBD Certification to STS202 BR2 Level of Burglary Resistance for an Inward Opening Access Controlled Communal Entrance Doorset. See Leaflet attached.

8. College tackles anti-social behaviour at a national level

Forces tackling anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods across the country are being supported at a national level by the College of Policing. Researchers at the College have collated and reviewed the most robust research evidence on how effective different police strategies are in reducing general crime and disorder. To help officers and staff on the ground, the College has packaged up the evidence and made it available to all police forces - for the first time – through the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA), a secure online service run by the College, which can be accessed by all 43 police forces and more than 50 other approved Government and policing organisations and agencies. Unsurprisingly, the evidence review shows that police targeting crime and disorder hotspots with patrols can be effective in reducing anti-social behaviour such as loitering, public drinking and solicitation. The analysis shows for optimum results a marked patrol car only needs to remain at a hotspot for between 11 and 15 minutes to suppress crime effectively. POLKA’s online forum also allows officers and staff to share their own experience in dealing with anti-social behaviour locally with others across the police service, and to find out what operational tactics have been used in other parts of the country.

More at: http://college.pressofficeadmin.com/component/content/article/45-press-releases/658

9. Search and screening – explosives and weapons detection

Organisations may use search and screening measures to detect specific items and materials entering (or leaving) their buildings and sites; effective search and screening measures may additionally have a significant deterrent effect. More at: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/advice/Physical-security/Screening/

10. Dawn of the 'Smart City' era: How the vast quantities of data we all produce is set to revolutionise the way we design and build our cities

Whether we know it, or like it even, we are all producing data almost every waking day of our lives – our smart phones and tablets, supermarket loyalty cards, GPS maps in our cars, Oyster cards and alike all provide masses of invaluable data on how we live our lives. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and ARUP have launched a new report exploring the massive potential role that data could have in the planning and design of our buildings and cities. The report ‘Designing with data: Shaping our future cities’ identifies the main approaches to working with data for those involved in designing and planning cities. Better data can offer a deep insight into people’s needs and has the potential to transform the way architects and urban planners design our built environments.

More at: http://www.architecture.com//NewsAndPress/News/RIBANews/News/2013/DawnoftheSmartCityeraHowthevastquantitiesofdataweallproduceissettorevolutionisethewaywedesignandbuildourcities.aspx

11. Persimmon remains strong into Autumn – From Housebuilder News.

Persimmon has continued its strong performance into the second half of the year, with its weekly private sales rate 45% ahead of 2012 since July 1 2013.

Giving an update to the City covering July 1 to November 5 2013, the housebuilder said that its visitor levels were a 20% improvement on the equivalent period last year. It has £650 million forward sales reserved beyond 2013, representing a 41% increase on last year.

Persimmon has opened 65 of its 85 new sites earmarked for the second half of the year. It expects its national network of 385 sites to rise “towards” 400 outlets by the end of the year.

12. Bovis in strong forward sales position – From Housebuilder News.

Strong trading conditions have continued for Bovis Homes since the summer, with the group achieving its targeted private reservations total for 2013 legal completion in September, “significantly earlier” than in previous years. The company’s net private reservations from the start of 2013 to November 1 were a 45% increase on the equivalent period last year at 2,390. Its net reservations per site per week increased 30% to an average of 0.60 over the period. Bovis expects to deliver around 2,800 legal completions this year, with its gross profit margin set to increase to “at least” 23%. It said that it had followed its plan to speed up the building of its private forward order book for 2014, which was “already materially greater” than its private forward order book as of January 1 2013.

13. A good year for Banner - From Housebuilder News.

Banner Homes has enjoyed a strong financial year, with its operating profit climbing 24% to £16.4 million. Over the year to May 31 2013, the privately-owned housebuilder sold 235 homes against 203 in 2012. Its turnover was £111 million. Banner's average selling price of £511,000 puts it “at the top of the sector for medium sized developers,” the company said. Banner also said that it controlled a “record breaking” £236 million of potential future revenue, a 57% lift on 2012 from exchanging on 29 new sites. It said that nearly 1,100 plots that it controlled were currently allocated or had planning consent, with the same amount controlled on a subject to planning basis. Richard Werth, Banner’s ceo, said: “We have achieved an excellent profit at a level not seen since 2007. We delivered a profit before tax of £8.5 million. Our operating margin rose to 15% (from 13% in the previous year) which is comparable with the best performers in the quoted sector.

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