The SAFE Design Standard® (Security Achieved through Functional Environmental Design) is the Canadian nonprofit organization responsible for overseeing, administering, and managing the SAFE Design Standard®. The Council is focused on delivering a rigorous and standardized certification program that is informed by industry and delivered by specially educated professionals.
Key Goals of SAFE Design
Specifically selected by the SAFE Design Council as the first Accredited firm to provide SAFE Design Consulting services based on the firm’s exceptional leadership, impeccable national reputation, and unique professional capacity. Lions Gate is an independent entity authorized as an exclusive representative for the SAFE Design Companies with respect to the security sector within Canada and the United States.
The Lions Gate Risk Management Group SAFE Design Team is comprised of a group of highly qualified individuals with a unique combination of academic, private sector, law enforcement and designing out crime backgrounds. Our SAFE Team is a high value resource, a trained team of accredited professionals ready to serve clients seeking SAFE Design Standard Certification.
The SAFE Design Standard® (Security Achieved through Functional Environmental Design) includes the foundational elements of CPTED and builds on them. SAFE Design acknowledges that CPTED has changed little since the 1970s and has refreshed and updated the approach.
Crime reduction through design Is most aptly achieved when applied in a systematic manner by educated professionals who understand the interaction between the physical, social, and designed environments –– safeguarding against overt fortification and unnecessary security features.
The SAFE Design Standard is a very timely innovation given a recent ruling of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench which indicates that property owners must ensure they apply the foundational principles of CPTED as part of demonstrating their duty of care to occupants of their property.
“The duty of care owed would include the installation and maintenance of sufficient lighting, video surveillance, and staffing levels to deter crime or allow its detection and an appropriate and timely response thereto. “
The SAFE Design Standard is primarily aimed at reducing crime through functional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, interior design, and space programming at the design stage, before plans morph into structures or completed spaces.
The SAFE Design Standard is no less viable when it is directed to reducing crime risk through design for existing structures.
Recognizing these distinctions and to better meet client needs the SAFE design Council has drawn together and trained SAFE Design Accredited Professionals (SAFE AP’s) from a range of different professions.
The existing and connected resource pool of Architects, Engineers, Landscape Designers. Security Consultants and Academics, will expand as the program grows.