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:

  1. Establishing facility security requirements and understanding security risks.
  2. Developing a strategic plan for security.
  3. Designing an appropriate security system.
  4. 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 Options

Self-assessment (In-Use only)

Asset owners are able to carry out self-assessments of their existing facilities using SABRE Online. The platform can be used to assess any number of facilities from a single asset through to a global portfolio.

Users of the tool are able to determine the likely performance of their facilities against the requirements of the SABRE standard, and compare performance across their estate.

Assessment of each facility results in an indicative SABRE Score and SABRE Rating. Together with the built in reporting function, this helps asset owners and managers to:

  • Better target future investment by identifying potential improvements at specific facilities, which can be scheduled and monitored within the tool itself.
  • Evidence to internal and external stakeholders the results of self-assessment.
  • Monitor performance over time of both facilities and assessment managers.

Asset owners have the option to take their best performing assets through to 3rd party SABRE certification, with the assistance of a SABRE Registered Assessor.

Click here to find out more about SABRE Online.

3rd Party Certification

To determine whether a building or built infrastructure asset meets the requirements of SABRE certification, the facility must be assessed by a SABRE Registered Assessor.

The Assessor will work alongside the project team (new facilities) or building management (in-use facilities) and gather evidence in support of the applicable scheme criteria.

Successful assessment results in the award of a SABRE Rating and an LPCB certificate, which can be used to:

  • Communicate the security credentials of the facility to stakeholders.
  • Measure performance and target areas for 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.

Click here to find out how to apply for SABRE certification.

SABRE Ratings

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.