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    Everything you need to know about the Sold Secure By Design certification

    Secured by design accreditation

    When it comes to security and crime prevention, certifications play a crucial role in ensuring products meet rigorous standards. One such certification, the Sold Secure By Design, holds significant importance for suppliers and consumers alike – and that’s why so many of our bollards have been awarded with it here at Bollard Security. Now, if you’re a commercial customer, you may well be familiar with the basics of the accreditation – but if you’ve never heard of it before, you might well be asking: what exactly does it all mean?

    What is Sold Secure By Design certification?

    Sold Secure By Design is a certification scheme originally developed by the UK police. It focuses on assessing the security of products, particularly those related to crime prevention and security measures. Crucially, the certification is designed to test and certify the resistance of the product being tested, measuring its ability to withstand various forms of attack such as picking, drilling, and manipulation. The end result is to ensure that each certified product serves as a solid security measure for its intended application, enabling customers to have flawless peace of mind.

    Why does the Sold Secure By Design certification matter?

    The Sold Secure By Design certification is a highly prestigious one within the security industry, and rightly so. It serves as a mark of approval that the product has been independently tested and verified to meet high security standards. For consumers, this certification provides assurance that the product they are purchasing has undergone rigorous testing and is capable of offering reliable security performance. That’s a big part of the reason why products bearing this certification are often preferred by insurance companies, potentially even leading to lower insurance premiums for consumers due to increased security measures.

    What’s involved in being granted the Sold Secure By Design certification?

    Achieving Sold Secure By Design certification isn’t something that can be done off the cuff – it’s an intensive process that encompasses several stages.

    First, the product being tested (in this case a bollard) must be submitted to an accredited testing laboratory. These laboratories conduct comprehensive tests to evaluate the bollard’s resistance to various forms of attack, such as picking, drilling, and manipulation. The testing process includes rigorous assessments to ensure that the product meets the required standards for security and durability.

    These includes tests for attack resistance (picking, drilling, cutting), environmental durability (corrosion, weather exposure), and tamper resistance (manipulation, bypass methods). If the bollard successfully withstands them all, it is awarded Sold Secure By Design certification. The certification may vary in levels (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) depending on the product’s security performance and durability.

    Sold Secure By Design is overseen by the Master Locksmiths’ Association (MLA), and it’s also recognised by the UK’s Home Office and other law enforcement agencies. That ensures that the system is able to provide independent testing and certification services for a wide range of security products, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and reliability.

    And as we’ve touched on above, almost every bollard we supply here at Bollard Security has been awarded with the Sold Secure By Design certification, so you can always have complete confidence in the performance and reliability of our products. Plus, we’ve recently been named as a Feefo Gold Award Winner for the second time running!

    So, if you’re looking for a sturdy set of bollards for your own premises – you can start looking immediately at our range of telescopic and automatic bollards. And of course, if you ever need any assistance or advice, get in touch on 01756 636 196. Our experts are always happy to help!