‘Cyber Security’ is the buzz word of the moment – but physical security is essential to safeguard your assets
Increase the safety of your business, clients and staff in the real world
Today we are often told that we live in a digital world and with that comes the increasing risk of online crime. Clearly, cyber security is a threat and one should be taken extremely seriously. However, it would be a mistake to do so at the expense of physical security. Our life isn’t just online, we live in the real world and criminals pose just a threat to our physical property and they do to our digital assets.
Hopefully you have passwords and anti-virus software and firewalls to keep all your digital details secure, but how safe are your buildings, assets and paper documents? By protecting your business in the real world, as well as against cyber criminals, you can keep all aspects of your business and life more secure.
Benefit from better security
The correct layers of security won’t just make your business more secure, it will also enhance the legitimacy of your enterprise. Your staff and clients will see the efforts you go to keep them safe and will value it. What’s more, a company that invests in security is saying to the world that you take your business, staff and clients seriously and want to protect them.
How secure is your business?
Could anyone just walk in off the street and enter your business? If so, how far would they get without being stopped or questioned? If an unwanted visitor did enter your building and commit a crime, would you be able to discover the identity of that person? Would you be able to present any evidence to the police?
The most secure buildings have a security system which is made up of layer upon layer of different measures that work together to make sure all aspects of the business are protected.
- Perimeter security
One of the best ways to keep your business secure is to make sure criminals can’t even get near the building. Perimeter security includes barriers, bollards, road blocks and security gates. As well as being a strong deterrent, perimeter security enables you to protect your whole site not just your building.
When combined with an intruder alert solution, such as a perimeter intruder detection system (PIDS), it is a robust way to prevent and detect unwanted access to your site.
Another strong deterrent against crime, CCTV can prevent crime as well as record criminal actions. Modern HD CCTV can be wired or wireless and is far easier to monitor, record and store than ever before as management is enhanced from home or anywhere in the world via phone pc or tablet. To take it a step further, CCTV Analytics can be employed. This can include technologies such as license plate recognition (LPNR) and even facial recognition – to alert you of specific unwanted individuals. Your CCTV should be installed by an expert, a good security surveyor will know the best places to locate cameras for optimum coverage and protection.
- Access Control
You should be able to control who can gain entry to your premises, and once inside, regulate accessibility to parts of your business. When a commercial premise has multiple employees and customers who need freedom of movement, it is time to think past a lock and key solution.
Video intercoms are a useful way to see, as well as hear, who wishes to enter your property. Access control tags can also be used – and it is a good idea to make sure employees’ and visitors’ entry only allow them access to the areas that they need to be in. Photo ID cards are also a good way to quickly check a person is permitted on site. Of course, IDs and swipe cards can be lost or stolen, for higher level access control, biometric or fingerprint recognition gives enhanced entry security.
- Talk to your team about security
Employees need to understand the importance of security so you can work together to protect your assets and each other. Devise a clear set of easy to follow security procedures and communicate the policies to all staff.
Warn your team about common methods of breaching security, such as tailgating (people following legitimate entry). Everyone should be aware and reminded to stay observant, this way staff can make sure they don’t allow an unauthorised visitor into a restricted area or have their pass code observed by a bystander.
- Practice what you preach
Set a good example of best practice security. Make sure any access codes you have are changed regularly and don’t forget to change or remove them when a member of staff leaves your employment. If you’ve invested time and money in security – don’t forget to keep your systems maintained. Most security systems work best when checked and serviced regularly.
And finally, make sure you close the windows and remember to turn on your intruder alarm when you leave the building!
About Chris Lewis Fire and Security
Chris Lewis Fire and Security is an experienced and award-winning company with a team skilled in designing and installing fire and security systems for commercial offices, retailers and licensed premises. We cover anything from access control gates to CCTV systems, and everything in-between. Why not call us now and get your free security audit.
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To find out more about how to protect your business, upgrade your system or maintain it, get in touch or call us on 01865 782 444.