SSAIB-Certified Tindall Security First Firm to Achieve Secured By Design Accreditation

SSAIB-Certified Tindall Security First Firm to Achieve Secured By Design Accreditation

SSAIB-certified firm Tindall Security have become the first alarm installation company to be accredited by Secured by Design (SBD), the official Police security initiative.

Following increasing industry interest, Secured by Design launched an alarm standard for alarm installation companies which incorporates existing criteria whilst building on police and industry knowledge. The new enhanced alarm standard will ensure a high-quality alarm system, reduce false calls and give customers enhanced levels of reassurance that an alarm installation company meets the exacting standards of the Police Service.

Tindall Security offers tailored services to suit individual preferences and needs, from simple domestic burglar alarms to more sophisticated commercial protection and security solutions. Their in-house expert design team can design and install the latest high-quality technology for the best protection system to homes and businesses.

The company’s services include a diverse range of security networks – such as CCTV systems, fire alarms, SMART integration and video doorbell systems – with the company being SSAIB-certified for all aspects of the Security Systems scheme. All of Tindall Security’s systems are also carefully designed to meet customers’ specifications, however detailed.

David Pomfrett of Tindall Security revealed: “We’re thrilled to be the first company afforded the Secured by Design accreditation for alarm installation in the country. We work to provide people with peace of mind, and being an official Police initiative, this will go a long way to reassure our customers.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We would like to congratulate SSAIB-registered firm Tindall Security for being the first company in the UK to achieve SBD alarm installation certification.

“One of the many benefits of third-party certification is that it allows companies to display their conformity to the relevant British and European Standards, while this new standard also permits them to further enhance their credentials – and their standing within the industry – by being named as a Police Preferred Specification alarm installer as well.”

Ken Meanwell of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives added: “I am absolutely delighted that Tindall Security have become the first accredited SBD alarm installation company – as it has never been more important for consumers to rely on professional companies to deliver high quality alarm systems and services.

“Compliant alarm systems and reputable installation companies are essential to ensure that you will get the appropriate response to an alarm activation. If the system is not compliant [then] there will not be an immediate Police response, something which could be vital if someone is in immediate danger or property is being stolen.”

The new SBD alarm standard is not a replacement for the National Police Chiefs’ Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP) or an alternative for certification by one of the UKAS-accredited certification bodies, such as SSAIB. However, installers meeting the SBD alarm standard now have the option of joining this SBD scheme, following an assessment from their respective Alarm Inspectorate body, enabling buyers to have confidence in installers utilising the trusted ‘Police Preferred Specification’ branding.

Find out more about the SBD Alarm Standard for alarm installation companies at

Posted: 16/08/2021 more >

BS 8418 Standard Rewritten for Detection-Activated Video Surveillance Systems

BS 8418 Standard Rewritten for Detection-Activated Video Surveillance Systems

The BS 8418 standard - formerly known as ‘Detector-activated CCTV’ - has undergone a major re-write.

One key aim of the re-write was to make changes to the technical requirements, to encourage a wider adoption of the standard by installers of these systems.

Long standing criticism of the standard was that some of the security features necessary for sites at higher risk of theft or damage resulted in a BS 8418 system being a very expensive proposition. A good proportion of detector-activated systems - where the risk was assessed to be lower - do not warrant the security features that result in the additional expense.

Posted: 10/08/2021 more >