When it comes to physical security, there are specific actions that it is concerned with: these include vandalism, theft, natural disasters, terrorism, and tailgating. While many of these concerns cannot be avoided altogether, identifying what they are can help you implement measures to mitigate their effects.
- Vandalism – Vandalism occurs when someone purposely destroys, defaces, or damages your property.
- Theft or Burglary – Theft is the act of taking or stealing another person’s property, while burglary does this with force.
- Natural Disasters – Natural disasters include earthquakes, floods, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, and the like, and can be big threats to physical security because of the direct and collateral damage that these could cause.
- Terrorism – Terrorism is defined as the illegal use of violence on a person or property in order to fulfill social or political goals.
- Tailgating – Tailgating is best understood as when unauthorized personnel follow authorized personnel into a protected area.
Ensuring that your physical security is as tight as can be is paramount in managing the consequences of these threats. Check out our post on physical security standards to see if you meet the protocol!
Desiree Macy is the Editorial Director of SIA Online Magazine which is frequented by security executives, corporate security officers, and private protection professionals each month. Desiree’s interests revolves around cyber-security, and business continuity.