Centrica Hive products receive police accreditation for crime prevention

Centrica Hive products receive police accreditation for crime prevention
  • Centrica Hive smart home products help to prevent crime

  • Police accreditation provides assurance when purchasing home security products

  • Burglary rates in England and Wales have increased by nine per cent

  • Products are designed to give people peace of mind when away from home

Centrica Hive, the UK’s leading smart home provider, has announced that a range of its products have been accredited by Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative which works alongside Police Forces throughout the UK to reduce crime and design out crime.

The Hive View, Hive Hub 360, Hive Lights, Hive Plug, Hive Window or Door sensors, and the Hive app which enables the products to be managed remotely from a smartphone, have all attained Secured by Design’s (SBD) Police Preferred Specification after being accredited by a technical panel comprising of a number of security industry experts.

With the latest Office for National Statistics showing a nine per cent increase in burglary offences across England & Wales , householders wanting to purchase security products can be assured that SBD accredited Hive products have passed standards and tests nominated by the police service, which must demonstrate effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime.

About the products

  • Hive View is a smart and stylish indoor camera. Packed with must-have features like HD livestreaming, person detection and camera history that you can access anytime, anywhere, it’s great for checking in on your home when you’re away.
  • Hive Lights can be scheduled to come on and off every evening so that it looks like somebody’s home.
  • The Hive Window or Door Sensor is a smart wireless sensor which sends a notification to your smartphone if a window or door opens or closes when you’re away from home.
  • The Hive Plug lets you control your home appliances from wherever you are. You can schedule your living room lamp to come on to make your home look lived in. The plug can be programmed to turn on and off up to six times a day.
  • Hive Hub 360 is our most advanced hub yet; as well as connecting Hive devices it detects important sounds around the house like your smoke alarm or glass windows breaking and sends a notification to your smartphone.
  • The Hive app puts your home in your hand. It makes looking after your home incredibly easy, so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Claire Miles, Managing Director at Centrica Hive, commented: “We’re delighted that our family of smart products which connect your home, make daily living easier and give peace of mind when you’re away from home, have been accredited by Secured by Design.

“As this is the only way to obtain police accreditation for security related products in the UK, Secured by Design’s mark of approval is a beacon for people wanting to make an informed choice about products that can help to secure their home.”

Lyn Poole, Development Officer, Secured by Design, who is on secondment from the Metropolitan Police where she was serving as one of their Designing Out Crime Officers, commented: “The Hive app will help people keep tabs on their homes. They can do this wherever they are and whenever they like. This has important benefits all year round, but especially so during the Autumn as the evenings start to get darker earlier.”


About Centrica Hive

Hive began back in 2013 with our customers telling us they wanted comfort and convenience, and a thermostat they could control that was easy and simple to use. Today, with £500m investment from parent company Centrica plc, the Hive range of connected products has grown its range and geographical market, into NA, Canada, UK, Ireland and most recently Italy, with more opportunities for global expansion.
Hive focusses on making everyday life a little easier, freeing people up to spend time doing the things they love. The range of Hive products and services are designed to work together, to offer affordable, easy to use solutions and make a difference in people’s lives. The total number of Hive connected home hubs has reached 1m worldwide.

Visit www.hivehome.com for more information

About Secured by Design

Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, aims to achieve sustainable reductions in crime through design and other approaches to enable people to live in a safer society.

We work in partnership with National and Local Government, British and European standards authorities, trade associations, the construction industry, manufacturers and many other organisations to reduce crime and the fear of crime by incorporating proven crime prevention techniques into the built environment.

We have more than 200 SBD trained police officers and staff in Police Forces around the UK. These Designing Out Crime Officers work with architects, developers and local authority planners to build in tried, tested and proven crime prevention techniques at the planning stage to reduce crime and keep communities safe.

SBD seeks to reduce crime by combining minimum standards of physical security like doors, windows and locks that achieve SBD’s Police Preferred Specification standard and proven design principles of the built environment such as natural surveillance and defensible space.

Whilst Police Forces are unable to recommend specific products, SBD can act as an effective gatekeeper deterring and reducing crime by signposting members of the public, businesses and organisations to our 650-member companies and their products on our website. These companies and their products meet our rigorous Police Preferred Specification standards.

Members’ products range from secure and robust doors, windows and locks through to cutting-edge IT products, CCTV components, and shutters and barriers. SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security products in the UK.

Web: www.securedbydesign.com
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