In SECURITY: By Design And Decree security expert witness Robert A. Gardner, CPP, writes on security ordinances:
The Uniform Building Security Code, published by the International Conference of Building Officials, is another source of security standards for residential dwellings. This code, like the CCPOA Model Building Security Code, sets minimum standards for physical security and provides tests to ensure that the standards have been met.
Regardless of a security code’s exact origin and form, if based on accepted security standards, it can be useful in supporting – or defending against – claims of negligence. Even where security codes are not in force, the basic theories of “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” and the existence of Building Security Codes in neighboring jurisdictions can often be used to demonstrate the need for, and reasonableness of, security measures.