19 homes awarded for specialist crime cutting design

19 homes awarded for specialist crime cutting design Image

Two developments in Scunthorpe have been given a Gold Secured by Design (SBD) award for their approach to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

The first site includes eight carbon neutral homes at Chapman Avenue, Chaucer Avenue and Bridges Road in Scunthorpe. The £1.8million project takes the place of garages and unused land.

The second site is on Rowland Road in Scunthorpe which includes 11 homes for affordable rent, and rent to buy. The site was a former warehouse which sat empty for many years before being developed.

Secured by Design is the official Police security initiative that works with businesses to reduce crime through the design of their new homes and developments. Their aim is to help people live in a safer society.

The award was given based on the design of the developments and the measures in place to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Features include no alley ways, having well-lit communal areas, increasing the level of natural surveillance, environmental design and enhanced security to windows, doors and gates.

The benefits of SBD are supported by independent research consistently proving that these developments experience up to 87% less burglary, 25% less vehicle crime and 25% less criminal damage.

Amy Schoenmaker, Development Project Manager here at Ongo on both sites said: “We’re very proud to have been awarded gold on both of these developments.

“It means so much to us that we’re able to not only offer fantastic new homes for families, but that we can also design them in a way that makes them as safe and secure as possible.

“Secured by Design is a great initiative and is one we’ll definitely be working towards in future developments.”

Tracy Rokahr, Designing out Crime Officer, Community Safety Unit, Humberside Police said: “The principle behind designing out crime and SBD is to use architecture to address any security issues, minimise opportunities for offenders and to enhance the quality of life for those living in the area. 

“By working together on each project from the very early stages we have included SBD features and other security measures for each home. I am very proud to be able to present Ongo with a Secured by Design Gold award for each development.”

Information on Secured by Design can be found at www.securedbydesign.com.

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