Recent attacks around the globe have underscored the need for facility and property managers to reassess the safety of their buildings, tenants and employees. So it is important that you establish a risk-mitigation strategy and identify and shore up vulnerabilities in your properties’ overall physical structure and grounds.
Facility preparedness also requires attention to realistic security scenarios and cohesive planning in three key areas:
- Physical security
- Operations security
In this post, I am focusing on the physical and operations security measures that you can undertake to help prepare your facility.
Expect the unexpected. Anticipating potential threats and a constant awareness of your facility’s traffic flow are critical steps you must take to provide optimal physical security. This calls for having a plan already prepared as well as systems and security specialists in place to alert the authorities of immediate threats.
Electronic solutions aren’t enough. Effective building security requires more than just an electronics solution, which can fail. Having professionals placed in key areas, armed with the skills to observe, and act upon, suspicious activity, will provide an appropriate response.
Unfortunately, most facility solutions address security with an over-reliance on electronic security systems rather than a layered point-of-contact approach, which should be in place for risk-mitigation.
Electronic systems may seem cost effective, but the manpower to monitor and maintain these systems must be factored into your budget. Regular vulnerability assessments must be conducted and reevaluated to ensure that your security evolves with facility growth. Antiquated security systems must be reevaluated and upgraded (if needed) – optimally, in conjunction with investing in a skilled security team.
It’s all in the details. You’ll need trained security personnel in key positions throughout your facility, able to enforce these strategies. This adds an important level of protection, and establishes an essential element of control, preventing unauthorized access to your facility.
Concrete security policies and procedures and a company-wide vendor and employee exit strategy are key to securing facility operations. An ex-employee with an entry code or un-revoked parking pass can be as detrimental to your security as a terrorist threat.
Prevention is priceless. Reassessing your building (or your company’s) security strategy from a budget perspective is also critical. A well thought out security plan and implementation can pay off through loss prevention in key areas. Proactive liability assessment and prevention is worth its weight in gold.
Once you’ve prioritized your risk assessments implemented these solutions across all channels of your organization, you can be satisfied that all areas are safeguarded, and your facility is as secure as possible.