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The SAFE Design Standard® for the government sector focuses on creating safer and more secure municipal, state/provincial and federal government properties. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of a government property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime. Specific focus is given to preventing crimes such as vandalism, public order crimes, as well as possible civil unrest and threats of terrorism. Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within the government sector is creating public buildings and open spaces that are welcoming, comfortable, functional and focused on the betterment of a community and its citizens.


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The SAFE Design Standard® for the education sector focuses on creating safer and more secure grade schools, colleges and universities. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of an education sector property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime. Specific focus is given to preventing crimes such as trespass, property theft, vandalism and violence. Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within the education sector is ensuring properties are welcoming, comfortable, functional and conducive to learning – all while focusing on safety and security for students, faculty, and staff.


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The SAFE Design Standard® for the healthcare sector focuses on creating safer and more secure hospitals, clinics, ambulatory care centers, medical offices, laboratories and related sites. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of a healthcare property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime. Specific focus is given to preventing crimes such as theft of patient information, theft of property, theft of medication/narcotics, as well as trespass and violence. Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within the healthcare sector is creating functional environments that are welcoming and comfortable, yet also ensure patient and healthcare worker security, privacy and confidentiality.


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The SAFE Design Standard® for the commercial sector focuses on creating safer and more secure commercial properties such as office buildings, shopping complexes, hotels, resorts and other similar properties. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of a commercial property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime. Specific focus is given to preventing crimes such as information security breaches, property theft, trespass and burglary.  Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within the commercial sector is creating work, business and leisure environments that promote client interaction and comfort, employee productivity, as well as protect confidential data and private property, files and work areas.


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The SAFE Design Standard® for the residential sector focuses on creating safer and more secure residential properties such as townhouses and apartment buildings, as well as recreational and vacation properties. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of a residential property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime. Specific focus is given to preventing crimes such as theft, trespass, vandalism and break-and-enter. Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within the residential sector is creating properties that are private, comfortable, functional and highly livable.


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The SAFE Design Standard® methodology is also applicable to uniquely focused properties such as data centers, airports/seaports, public transportation facilities, and other critical or high-risk sites. As with other properties certified using the SAFE Design Standard®, the interiors, exteriors and open spaces of a specialized use property are carefully reviewed and designed to mitigate the risk of crime – in some cases, terrorism. The unique attributes and usage of specialized sector properties are assessed individually to ensure specific threats and risks are mitigated.  Key to applying the SAFE Design Standard® within specialized sectors is working with owners and developers to ensure their unique safety and security needs are identified and addressed.