A CRIME-BEATING aerospace factory is included in a new police booklet about successful crime prevention initiatives.

Projects in each of Lancashire Constabulary's six divisions are described in the information folder detailing the Association of Chief Police Officers' Secured By Design initiative.

Three thousand packs will soon be distributed around the county to architects, builders and developers, local authority chief executives and planners.

Euravia Engineering in Kelbrook achieved Secured By Design's first commercial award in Lancashire.

Euravia's Dennis Mendoros said: "The costs to comply were relatively small, yet the benefits have been very significant.

"There is peace of mind for workers and the added prospect of security gives customers re-assurance that we are a responsible company which takes security seriously." Since opening, the building has been crime free, and Mr Mendoros was full of praise for the help and co-operation he has received from local police, particularly architectural liaison officer, PC Gordon Purves.

Lancashire's force architectural liaison officer Sgt Steve Saddington, added: "Secured by Design makes sound commercial sense.

"It is an excellent selling tool for new build developments and refurbishment schemes, making people feel safe, involved and reassured."

An inspiration video showing how designing out crime at the planning stage can slash crime and nuisance has been launched by the Lancashire Constabulary.

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