The Design Technology Alliance was set up by the Home Office in 2007 with designers from key British institutions in order to raise the profile of designing out crime within industry and to look at how innovative design can tackle crime. Bikeoff has produced some of the few anti theft design benchmarks that look beautiful, are on the street and operate to thwart thieves.
The Home Office used DACRC’s butterfly stand to announce the Design Technology Alliance against crime activities, and the Design Council in 2008 wrote up case studies of Bikeoff design benchmarks, which now appear on their website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/Case-Studies/All-Case-Studies/Bikeoff.
Adam Thorpe and Lorraine Gamman were asked by Home Office and Design Council to give interviews about their design work and process in conjunction with a HO push to broadcasters and newspapers and journals. The anti theft M bike stands were featured in the New Statesman, BBC Online, Design Week, Enfield Gazette, Core 77 Design Blog, Camden New Journal, MADE Magazine. All these outlets ran features about how to design out bike crime linked to work of Design Against Crime Research Centre as well as the Home Office’s drive to ‘Design Out Crime’.