Surveillance catalogue
Video Imaging Suppliers has published its 2004 CCTV and Specialist Vision product catalogue. The catalogue contains four new suppliers: Dedicate Micros for digital video recorder and network video servers; Ultrak for internal and external KD6 camera domes; Wizkid Optotech for vandal-resistant fixed domes; Pelco for vandal-resistent domes and the Spectra III speed dome. A larger digital recording section, includes contributions from Baxall, Sony and Timespace Technology.
Video Imaging Suppliers 617

Fool-proof infrared alarm
Bosch Security Systems has added the DS778 Passive Infrared Intrusion Detector to its range of detectors, providing protection for internal areas up to 60 m by 5.7m. Bosch says that built-in intelligence makes false alarms unlikely, even in extreme levels of thermal and illumination disturbance caused by heaters or air conditioners, draughts, sunlight, lightning and moving headlights.
Bosch Security Systems 618

Key-free locking doors
Yale's new Lift and Lock door handles allow the user to lock a door from the inside without using a key. It also has a child safety trigger that prevents the accidental locking of the door. To lock a door from the inside, the user depresses the child safety trigger and lifts the handle 45 degrees. The handle is available for use on external doors (with mortice sash locks) and internal doors. It comes in a brass or chrome finish.
Yale 619

Invisible locking system
Whatlock has launched a magnetic locking system with its own key. Whatlock says the magnetic force can operate through most surfaces including wood, glass, ceramic tiles, laminates and non-ferrous metals. The magnetic lock, which is invisible on surfaces, means that drawer or cupboards have no tempting entry points, and thieves will not realise they conceal a storage place.
Whatlock 620

Touch-free taps
Deva says that its new range of touch-free electronic taps offer resistance to vandalism and misuse. The five designs are mains or battery operated, and contain a shut-off timer to stop the flow of water after one minute. Taps include the chrome-plated brass Billotap 108, and the Class 20M electronic mixer tap, which can be activated from from 35 cm away. There is also the Speedy 216, a recessed tap with minimalist styling.
Deva 621

Damage limitation
In Specifier October 2003 the article Damage Limitation should have stated that blast design, and dynamic analysis of the glass facades at Heathrow Terminal 5 was carried out by Schmidlin (glazing units) and TPS Consult (glazing units and complete support structure) in association with Arup and Richard Rogers Partnership. Tests were also undertaken by Schmidlin and approved by TPS Consult.
TPS Consult

Top-mark design ideas

In order to teach and learn, staff and pupils must feel safe and secure. A well-designed school can help to achieve this, but it must be considered at the start of the design process. The following advice, given by Derek Harrison of Secured by Design and Gloucestershire Police, indicates what should be considered:
  • Provide a secure boundary and limit vehicle and pedestrian access points. Gates and fences should be substantial. Use landscaping to enhance security.

  • Keep the building shell simple to aid surveillance and reduce hiding places.

  • Consider, and where possible introduce, natural surveillance from windows across open spaces playgrounds and car parks.

  • Roofs generally should be designed to inhibit casual access and avoid creating hiding places for intruders. Avoid flat roofs and weak security points such as roof lights and ventilators.

  • Avoid providing easy climbing to roofs such as rainwater downpipes, overflow pipes and low gutters.

  • Assist personal safety and surveillance around buildings with good quality, efficient dusk-to-dawn lighting that is vandal-resistant.

  • Secure car parking and cycle storage should be overlooked, well-lit and with limited access points. Cycle storage facilities should be capable of being locked up and secured.

  • Secure windows and doors should be of “Secured by Design” standard as a minimum (details below)

  • Provide “designed for purpose” secure areas where vulnerable items of equipment are used.

  • In high risk areas, consider shutters or grills for windows, sprinkler systems, facilities for CCTV and manned guarding. Provide an intruder alarm system.

  • Most police forces have crime reduction officers, architectural liaison officers or crime prevention design advisers who will provide free consultancy.

Secured by Design

  • The Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Prevention Initiative runs Secured by Design seminars. Call 020-7227 3423 or email for more information.

  • The RIBA is organising a CPD seminar by security consultant AKA called “Designing Out Crime”. The next event takes place on 25 November at 66 Portland Place, London. See for details.