The specific security practices you should employ when developing a solid physical security strategy are always determined by the specifics of your premises and the nature of your business, but many physical security plans share certain core elements.
Create External Protective Barriers
Your first line of defense can be something as simple as fenced walls or barbed wires that prevent the average bystander from entering your security perimeter. Protective barriers are used to prevent the entry of unauthorized individuals or vehicles and should always be supplemented by gates, security guards, and other security checkpoints.
Once inside the main building, locks are a very effective method of allowing only those with a key or a proper level of access control to open or unlock a door or gate. Locks can be linked to a more comprehensive security monitoring system, which is a relatively simple process.
Invest in an Appropriate Surveillance System
Surveillance of any kind can be a powerful deterrent to criminal behavior on your property. The first option is to install some type of surveillance system. While you may believe that cameras are only useful for providing evidence of illegal behavior in the hopes of apprehending offenders, CCTV can also prevent intrusions.
Individuals who know that they are on camera will probably not engage in criminal activities since there is an obvious security measure in place. If that isn’t enough, you can hire a professional security agency to provide round-the-clock surveillance.
Implement and Customize Access Control
Your company should have some kind of access control system in place. If you work in a tiny office with only one entrance door, a simple lock may suffice. However, if your company has developed to the point where your premises are huge and there are several ways to get access, you should invest in more complex security.
Your requirements will be determined solely by your circumstances. This could range from high-tech alternatives like fingerprint scanning to something as simple as a PIN-entry system.
Overall, one of the most important things you can do for your physical security is to foster a security-conscious culture within your organization. If your staff can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and report these as soon as possible, you already have a valuable initial line of defense.
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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.