Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are at risk of robbery, vandalism, burglary, theft, and even fraud. These threats can have severe financial and operational repercussions for any company, even when protected by insurance policies. As a result, physical security measures are crucial.
Here are five effective strategies to boost security.
Implement Access Control
Access control systems that use biometrics, smart cards, and visitor management can effectively manage all foot traffic in and out of your business. Access control points can be installed at entry points and restricted areas. Moreover, you can also install vehicle access control systems to manage vehicles entering and exiting the premises.
Access control systems are the most effective way to grant or reject access to the business or restricted areas in the business. While these systems typically offer remote access management and monitoring, it’s still wise to consider employing security personnel to oversee access points as an extra measure of safety.
Invest In Quality Security Devices
While surveillance cameras are an effective way to identify criminals and criminal activity, security monitoring won’t help much if the cameras are outdated and the footage is highly pixelated. The same applies to security alarms, sensors, glass break sensors, and any other component in a security system.
Make sure to invest in high-quality, modern security components to heighten security and deter threats before they negatively impact business.
Unify Physical Security Systems
Some benefits of unifying physical security systems include improved operational efficiency, cost savings, flexibility and third-party integrations, extending the lifespan of physical security systems, and more.
To unify physical security systems, you must choose a unified platform, identify integration points, ensure compatibility, and integrate security system components.
Employ Security Personnel
Even with all the most innovative security devices, it’s still worthwhile to employ security guards to patrol the premises and parking area and monitor access control points. Trained security guards know how to deter and confront physical threats.
With this, you must ensure security guards are trained and adequately equipped with self-defence tools. It’s also crucial to provide routine training refreshers. Moreover, it’s just as essential to offer all employees basic training to ensure your staff aren’t weak points in your physical security strategy.
Perform Routine Physical Security Audits
The main purpose of physical security audits is to assess the functionality and effectiveness of security measures and controls. During these audits, it’s easier to identify potential vulnerabilities and find relative solutions.
Information systems, access control points, surveillance and alarm systems, incident response, and security policies must be reviewed every few months. At the same time, it’s also critical to prioritize maintenance and repairs for physical security components to ensure they are always in good working order.
Access control systems, monitoring, sensors, alarms, trained security personnel, safety training, and security audits are all ways that businesses can safeguard their premises from physical threats. Once you have secured the business from physical threats, it’s wise to find ways to protect business data. Cybersecurity is as important as physical security in today’s modern world.