SAFE Design Council

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

  • Reduce both the fear and risk of crime.
  • Establish territoriality and promote a sense of stewardship among site/building users.
  • Reduce the perception and fear of crime.
  • Reduce the opportunity for crime.
  • Use informed and desired design to aid in the detection, , deterrence, and delay of unauthorized access.

Lions Gate Risk Management Group

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.

Our Team

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.

Crime Reduction Through Design

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.

Occupiers Liability

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. “

New Build and Existing Structure Projects

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.

The SAFE Design Standard leads the field in Crime Reduction Through Design because it:

  • Is an Environmental Crime Reduction Program modelled on the highly successful Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Program.
  • Focuses on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions generated by crime events
  • Draws on Social Science and Design Scholarship.
  • Is the only ‘accredited’ certification program of its type.
  • Can only be applied by an Accredited Safe Professional (SAFE-AP™).
  • Is peer reviewed regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Is applied in a systematic, standardized way for clients with multiple locations.
  • Is applied in a systematic, standardized way from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
  • Includes a consistently applied and unique multi scale risk assessment for every application.
  • Provides comparable sector and locational data sets for SAFE Design Council analysis to inform future program developments.
  • Provides ‘apples to apples’ comparable data sets for organizations with multiple sites and the insurance industry
  • Requires re-certification to retain the SAFE Design Standard which ensures measures continue to be risk commensurate
  • Is a new, innovative, and effective way to minimize exposure to civil litigation because program ‘depth’ and ‘breadth’ will: discourage lawyers from initiating suits, help clients avoid possible occupational health and safety claims; enable access to expert and scholarly resources to either defend or deflect suits.
  • Provides insurance underwriters with compelling reasons to offer certified clients business insurance premium reductions.

The SAFE Design Process

The SAFE Design Standard is a Managed Crime Reduction Through Design Solution For:

  • All Public and Private Sector Organizations
  • All New Build Projects
  • All Owners and Managers with Existing Premises, Spaces
  • Any Organization looking to reduce their exposure to the risk of civil litigation
  • Any organization looking to secure a return on investment through program certification

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