Crime and the carbon footprint

Published:  07 April, 2010

LONDON: “There is a direct correlation between crime and carbon footprint,” said Gary Fisher, Secured By Design’s senior development Officer. “Out of 11.6m tonnes a year, 6m are directly attributable to crime and 5.6m attributable to the consequences of crime.

"For example if a window is broken, it needs to be repaired which incurs carbon footprint; in the production of the new glass, the delivery to travel onsite etc. It is in the nation’s interest to reduce crime to in turn reduce our carbon footprint.

“Essentially if you sell a product that isn’t meeting stringent security and safety specifications such as Secured By Design, it is not performing as it could, and may not be fit for purpose,” warned Gary Fisher.

Tim Fairley agreed, “If you are selling a product as a security device which is substandard and not effective, you are potentially putting the end user at risk. Builder’s merchants need to be aware of this, and be able to offer clients a range of products including Secured By Design.”

“Although Secured By Design products meet tight criteria, it does not mean than design has to be jeopardised,” said Mr Fairley. “Bespoke products can still be specified achieving the best of both worlds; performance and style.

“This means that builder’s merchants can not only provide safe, secure products to the public sector, but also private refurbishment projects including heritage renovations.”

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