A Structured Framework
The SABRE assessment process follows a framework incorporating nine technical sections and 70 assessment issues. For each section there is an aim and each technical issue includes criteria and suitable metrics for demonstrating compliance.
The framework, based on long-established principles of international management systems and risk management, sets out the process for determining the approach to security at a facility. This includes:
- Establishing facility security requirements.
- Managing security risks.
- Planning and designing an appropriate security system.
- Implementation of plans and, for existing facilities, managing change at a facility.
Innovation can be demonstrated in a range of ways spanning the thematic areas listed above, and all approved ‘innovations’ are published for the benefit of the wider industry.
Assessment and Certification
To determine whether a building or built infrastructure asset meets the requirements of the SABRE scheme, the facility must be assessed by a SABRE Registered Assessor. The Assessor will work alongside the project team (new facilities) or building management (existing facilities) and gather evidence in support of the applicable scheme criteria.
Successful assessment results in a SABRE Rating and LPCB certification, which can be used to:
- Communicate the security credentials of the facility to internal and external stakeholders.
- Measure facility performance and target areas for future improvement and investment.
- Benchmark performance across a portfolio of assets.
- Demonstrate that a project has delivered on contractual requirements.
The list of SABRE Registered Assessors can be found at www.redbooklive.com.
The technical requirements and assessment criteria for the SABRE scheme are detailed in Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 2082 and BRE Global Scheme Document SD0229 respectively.
It is not possible to guarantee that a facility will be secure all of the time. However, we can have increased confidence in a facility’s ability to provide security. SABRE recognises this, and rates facilities on a sliding scale between ‘Acceptable’ (1 Star) and ‘Outstanding’ (5 Stars). The higher the rating, the greater the level of assurance one can have in the approach to security risk management at a facility.
It is important to note that not all facilities need to strive for the highest possible SABRE Rating. In some cases, ‘Acceptable’ may be good enough. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a SABRE Registered Assessor when determining a target SABRE Rating.