VBH, the hardware specialist behind the greenteQ hardware and furniture brand, has announced that it has joined Secured by Design (SBD).

SBD is owned by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), part of the UK Police Service. Its aim is ‘design out crime’ through a number of prevention and reduction initiatives across the UK. In the glazing sector, this includes a scheme to ensure the adoption of independently tested security hardware products on windows and doors for new build projects. These products, which must be proven capable of deterring or preventing crime, are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’.

At the time of VBH’s membership commencing, 32 products from the greenteQ range and from selected VBH supplier partners have achieved Police Preferred Specification and appear on VBH’s list of approved hardware. VBH advise that this number will grow steadily as more products are developed and are independently tested to the relevant security standards.

VBH’s UK based New Product Development team, led by Technical Director Rob Norman, designs greenteQ products to meet the requirements and tastes of UK fabricators, installers and consumers. The range is extensive, covering hardware, furniture and ancillaries for PVCu, aluminium, composite and timber residential entrance doors, patio doors and windows.

All products are fully guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years, with some guarantee periods extending to 20 or 25 years. In addition, the company offers Q-secure, its own consumer security guarantee that is brought to market through a network of approved manufacturers and installers.

Of the new relationship with SBD, Rob says, “VBH has long worked in partnership with industry leaders to help raise the bar on product quality and performance, to the benefit of everybody in the supply chain. This dovetails perfectly with the excellent work that SBD does, both within our industry and on a wider basis.

“SBD will only accredit quality products that have successfully been through rigorous test criteria, ensuring genuinely secure hardware products, an ethos that is at the heart of all greenteQ product development.

“Having SBD approval of our products lends further weight to our own Q-secure consumer hardware guarantee.”

Hazel Goss of Secured by Design, said, “It has been a pleasure to have VBH join us as a member of Secured by Design. VBH (GB) is part of the VBH Group, Europe’s leading supplier of window and door hardware and ancillaries. I’m looking forward to working alongside them for many years to come.”

For more information on VBH’s range of SBD approved products, contact the company on 01634 263263, email at info@vbhgb.com, or send them a Tweet @vbhgb. If you would like to know more about Secured by Design in general, visit www.securedbydesign.com/contact-us.

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