Security Systems Installers

On this page installers can gain more information regarding:

  • The National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP)
  • The Secured by Design Alarm Standard (SBD Alarm Standard)


NPCC Security Systems Policy

Security Systems are one of the many essential tools in the fight against crime, in particular burglary, theft and robbery. Academic research shows that properties fitted with intruder alarms are less likely to be targeted by criminals.

The NPCC SSP is a public document designed to provide details of how and when the police will respond to security system activations. It also sets out the technical and procedural requirements that the private security industry, involved in providing the installation, maintenance and monitoring of such systems, must follow in order to gain a police response to a security system on behalf of their customers.

The objectives of the policy can be summarised as follows:

  • To reduce the number of false calls passed to the police
  • To provide an immediate police response to compliant security systems
  • To provide guidance to the public and security companies on police response to non-compliant systems
  • To place responsibility for compliance with the policy on a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited certification body. Enforcement of standards is not a police function
  • To achieve a unified approach to the administration process

Installers who wish to be compliant with police forces in order to install, maintain and monitor security systems for police response must:

  1. First of all be certified in accordance with the policy by a certification body accredited by UKAS. Details of such bodies can be found in Appendix ‘H’ of the Security Systems Policy 2018
  2. When accredited, the security company needs to apply to the home force where its principal operating/registered office is based requesting to be placed on that force’s compliant list of companies. The letter of application must be accompanied with Appendix ‘B’ and Appendix ‘C’ of the policy
  3. Once a company has been accepted by their home force, they can then request, in writing, to be placed on the compliant list of any other force (resubmitting Appendix ‘B’).

pdfSecurity Systems Policy 2018
docxSecurity Systems Policy Appendix C 2018
docSecurity Systems Policy Appendix F 2018
docxSecurity Systems Policy Appendix F Annexe A 2018 docxSecurity Systems Policy Appendix F Annexe B 2018
docxSecurity Systems Policy Appendix G 2018


Secured by Design Alarm Systems

Secured by Design (SBD) is the national police crime prevention initiative with the principle aim of delivering a wide range of crime prevention activities across the UK.

Our extensive activities in this area generates demand for security rated products and for this reason we created a product based police accreditation scheme some 20 years ago. Presently we have more than 800 SBD member companies producing a significant variety of crime prevention products across a wide range of industry sectors.

To date this has not included alarm system installers, however following increasing industry interest we have created a new SBD Alarm Standard.
Secured by Design (SBD) is the national police crime prevention initiative with the principle aim of delivering a wide range of crime prevention activities across the UK.

  • This is not a replacement for the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP)
  • This is not an alternative for certification by a UKAS accredited certification body (currently delivered by NSI or SSAIB)
  • This incorporates the existing criteria whilst building on police and industry knowledge and expertise to produce the new enhanced SBD Alarm Standard

Installers meeting the SBD Alarm Standard, following an assessment from their respective Alarm Inspectorate Body, now have the option of joining the new SBD scheme enabling members to utilise our ‘Police Preferred Specification’ branding and therefore gaining a marketing advantage.