How Secure is Your Building?

How Secure is Your Building?

Building security is critical because it protects lives, data, equipment, facilities, and company assets. Most buildings – whether they’re hotels, government buildings, retail shopping strips, residential complexes, or hospitals – weren’t designed with security concerns in mind. So how can you know if your organization’s building security standards are appropriate? The answer is to take an organized approach.

Having the Right Defenses at Every Level Matters in Building Security

Defence depth is an essential concept for building security management because extensive facilities require defence on more than one level. They often necessitate multiple layers of protection so that a potential attacker has to penetrate several obstacles before breaking through the perimeter to cause harm or steal assets.

For instance, parking lots are often the first level of defence depth and, therefore, the front lines to most physical intrusions. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 11% of property crimes and more than 7% of violent attacks occur in parking facilities. 

This is why so many organizations invest in parking lot fencing, entrance gate barriers, and guard booths for perimeter security. Entrance gate booths are not only effective for monitoring visitors and suspicious activity, but they also control the in and out traffic. Guard booths at the entrance empower security personnel to react to a potential breach from the onset.

Securing extensive facilities is not an easy task and requires implementing multiple solutions that work together. Suppose your organization does not have a plan to establish and maintain building security standards. In that case, it could be held monetarily and criminally liable for failing to practice due diligence, according to research from the SANS Technology Institute. When your plan considers your organization’s security needs both internally and externally, you’ll be able to develop a system that protects the building and its occupants.

We must remember that physical security is often overlooked. This is a huge mistake. Physical security is a liability and a matter of protecting company assets and the lives of employees, tenants, and visitors. By creating a building security program that factors in defense depth, you’ll stop hazardous and even life-threatening situations before they start.

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