The LPS 1175 security ratings are set by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), which works closely with the police, government, insurers, risk consultants and architects to develop its standards. The LPCB’s standards and approvals for security products are recognised across the globe and it undertakes rigorous technical evaluation work and quality audit processes to ensure the security products it approves deliver proven levels of protection. LPCB approval ensures that security products provide the reliable delay and means of detection required to protect against intrusion. The standard is continually reviewed to ensure that it reflects the changing forced entry threats.

During testing, testers use a range of tools, as listed in the categories below, to attack the sample product. As the security rating increases, the size and weight of tools required to compromise the products also increase. The testing is extensive and exhaustive.

Category A tools
This tool category are selected in order to simulate an opportunist attack by bodily physical force and using easily concealed tools.

Category B tools
This tool category provides a more determined opportunist attack by bodily physical force and
tools with a higher mechanical advantage.

Category C tools
This tool category is for a deliberate forced entry of well-protected premises using bodily physical force and a wide selection of attack options.

Details of the Security Ratings, the tools used and the attack times are summarised below.

To reach each security rating level, the Security Portal must not be breached up to the Delay time set (maximum working time – the amount of time the product is actually in physical contact with a tool during an attack). During testing multiple methods of attack are attempted, and the product is only rated once it has survived all combinations of tools and methods considered.

List of tools used for the different categories

Category A Tools

1 Adhesive tape (reel) – 75mm wide
1 Cable cutter – 200mm long
1 cargo Strap – 25mm wide strap with cam buckle
1 Electric cable (single core) – 1.2mm diameter wire / 1m long
1 Engineers hooks (selection)
1 Firefighter’s key
1 Fishing line (e.g. polypropylene multi fibre)
1 Flexible plastic coupon
1 Glass cutter
1 Hexagon wrenches – selection 200mm long
1 Knife – blade 125mm long x 3 mm thick
1 Lever – 0.7kg/300mm long
1 Pliers (selection, including self-gripping and cutting) – selection 200mm long
1 Punches (selection, including flat and pointed tipped) – 200mm long
1 Rope (selection, non-metallic) – 20mm diameter
1 Screwdriver – 6.5mm diameter/ square x 200mm long
1 Scriber (selection) – 200mm long
1 Socket/screwdriver set (selection) – 150mm long ratchet arm
1 Spanners (selection) – 150mm long
2 Traction screws – 5.5mm diameter x 60mm long
1 Tweezers (selection)
1 Universal key
1 Wire (selection) – 3mm diameter
1 WD40 400ml
6 Wood/ plastic wedges (selection)

Category B Tools

1 Battery – 3.6V
1 Bolt cutter – 350mm long
1 Claw hammer – 350mm long/ 1kg
1 Drill bit (6mm diameter jobber – HSS/HSCO/Masonry)
1 Drill/driver – 3.6 V (complete with drill bit adaptor)
1 Electric cable (single core) – 2.1mm diameter wire / 1m long
1 Junior hacksaw plus 2 HSS blades
1 Metal plate shears – 200mm long
1 Multiple slip joint pliers – 250mm long
1 Pipe wrench – 250mm long
1 Pliers (including self-gripping) – selection 250mm long
1 Ratchet strap (selection) 25mm wide strap with 200mm long ratchet mechanism
1 Screwdriver – 7mm diameter/square x 250mm long
1 Screwdriver – 14mm diameter/square x 400mm long
1 Socket set (selection)- 250mm long ratchet arm
1 Tube – 50mm outer diameter with 4mm wall thickness x 300mm long

Category C Tools

1 Axe – 350mm long/1.5kg
1 Battery – 12 V
1 Bolt cutter – 400mm long
1 Brick bolsters – 250mm long x 75mm wide blade
1 Cold chisels – 250mm long x 28mm wide blade
1 Crowbar – 700mm long/2.5kg
1 Drill (cordless with rotary action only)* – 12 V DC
1 Drill bit (10mm diameter jobber – HSS/HSCO/Carbide)
1 Fluorocarbon based freeze spray -400ml
1 Gas torch (Butane/Propane) – 175g
1 Hacksaw plus 2 HSS blades
1 Hammer – 300mm long/1.8kg
1 Pad saw plus 2 HSS blades
1 Scissor jack – 1500kg capacity, 100mm minimum retracted, 200mm stroke
Wood chisels – 250mm long x 25mm wide blade

* All cordless power tools are fully charged with a spare power pack.

LPS 1175 Approved Security Portals

Reproduced courtesy of BRE Global Ltd 2019