Leading multi-utility connections provider Aptus Utilities has been awarded the prestigious Secured by Design accreditation.
Aptus designs, connects and commissions multi utility networks for new residential, industrial and commercial developments. It specialises in street lighting design and installation.
The Bolton headquartered business is only the second lighting consultant in the country to achieve the accreditation.
Secured by Design (SBD) is the flagship UK police initiative to help ‘design out’ crime through the use of high-quality, innovative products and processes.
With support from several police forces in the United Kingdom, SBD plays an important role in helping to prevent crime. It is widely recognised as a valuable mark of police preferred specification.
Adrian Cunningham, Street Lighting Manager at Aptus Utilities, said: “We are incredibly proud to have obtained police accreditation and become SBD certified. Our customers can be confident that we meet the extremely high standards of an independent third party. This accreditation is testament to the hard work and commitment of the Aptus Utilities design team.”
Amid the growing clamour for safer streets, the Government’s Chief Planning Officer wrote to all planning authorities reminding them of the important role the planning system plays in ensuring appropriate measures are in place in relation to crime prevention and security.
Cunningham adds “Changes to the English Planning and Building Control regulations have sought to reinforce the need for a safe and secure external environment. At Aptus Utilities we work closely with our clients to ensure that safety is of the utmost importance and that lighting is carefully considered at the early stages of any site.”
In order to become Secured by Design licensed consultants and a Member Company, Aptus Utilities had to adhere to rigorous application and vetting process required by the police. Secured by Design is the only way for products and services to achieve police recognition in the UK and as such adds a guaranteed level of security not found anywhere else.