Safer Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme

Safer Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme

The success of your business depends on many things but one is providing a safe and secure environment for your customers, employees and visitors. Such an environment will help reduce the incidence and impact of crime. Without good security, and the trust which flows from it, your staff, premises and the space around you will be at a disadvantage compared to your competitors – and could lose you money.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in London recognises this imperative. The Safe Spaces Self-Assessment Scheme has been created to help you recognise how you can identify and improve safety, security and resilience.

As part of this effort, a panel of experts and professionals from business and the police, led by London First, have produced this self-assessment survey tool to help you assess your risks and to provide ideas on how best to respond to them. Any solution should always be proportional to the risks.

The key features of the survey tool are:

  • It is easy to use;
  • It can be completed fairly quickly;
  • It will enable you to assess your risks and prioritise the most important ones;
  • It provides easy to follow advice on how to respond to weaknesses you identify;
  • It incorporates a range of things you can do, often without incurring costs, to improve the security of your business.

You can complete the survey in about 15 minutes. It will be time well spent. Completion will enable you to make better choices and hence make the right decisions and plans to improve your security. It will help you identify the gaps in your current defences and how you can to close those gaps. By the end, you will have a better appreciation of how safe your business is as well as an understanding of risks in the surrounding area. If you need help or advice then you should turn in the first instance to your local Business Crime Reduction Partnership which the local police will help you contact.

^Text extracted from the self-assessment survey tool.

To read the self-assessment survey tool, please click here.

SBD Secured Environments - under 60mmThis survey is a stand-alone, self-assessment product that has been endorsed by MOPAC. It does not commit you to other work if that is your preference. However, if you feel you want to advance your safety and security measures still further, Perpetuity Research run the nationally recognised ‘Secured Environments’ Scheme. This is an entirely voluntary scheme. It is a police certification scheme which is awarded to organisations that are able to show that they have adopted 6 key principles for protecting themselves against crime:

  • Commitment to create a secure environment
  • Understand the problem
  • Develop a response
  • Manage the response
  • Implement the response/solution
  • Evaluate the response

Secured Environments does not specify that you must have certain measures in place – there is no ‘one size fits all’ with security; rather that you have identified the risks specific to your organisation, have developed a suitable response, implemented it effectively and continually manage and review the effectiveness of the measures and procedures in place

For more details on Secured Environments, please read our Brochure or visit

If you would be interested in registering for the Secured Environments accreditation, please contact us at or call us on 01892 538690

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