Whether you are doing day to day business, or hosting a corporate event, it is important to make sure you have taken proper security risks. Making sure your products, employees and customers are protected is a high priority to keep everything running smoothly. To make sure you are addressing issues appropriately, it is important to look at what your first line of defense should be.
What are the first lines of defense a company should take when addressing security risks?
The first line of defense is detecting when there has been a breach to the perimeter. Your perimeter can be where your property begins, where your fence lies, or where your building’s exterior is. But regardless of where you choose to set up your perimeter, you need to make sure you know when someone crosses it.
1. Security Cameras
Security cameras are a fantastic way of keeping an eye on your perimeter and your property while staying in one place. You can set up as many cameras as you like, which work both for documenting issues, and as a deterrent against crime. Criminals are much less likely to try to rob or damage a property that is well covered by cameras.
Ideally, you want at least three cameras set up. One documenting the people’s faces coming into the building, one aimed at the counter to cover transactions, and one outside to document car license plates. This will minimally cover all your bases. But the more cameras you have, the more likely you are to catch any wrong-doings and will prevent those individuals from trying anything.
2. Security Guards
Security guards are also highly helpful in both patrolling the perimeter and deterring criminals. This is because, even without weapons, a security guard is an imposing figure. They can help to keep order as well, making them ideal for large events.
You should aim to have properly trained and professional security guards, preferably with a few years of experience. In fact, many police officers work as security guards during their off time to make extra money.
Sensors come in many forms, making them something people of all budgets can afford. They are something that you can even make yourself if you are not able to afford a professional system. For example, a bell over the door that rings when someone enters is a type of sensor. You can also string up twine or wire around your perimeter with bells or cans to create noise when someone touches it.
For those who want to spend money on a more professional sensor, you have lots to choose from. This includes fiber optics, taut wire, microphonic cables, open-area sensors, rattler-vibrations sensors, fence-mounted sensors, ground-based radar, and buried sensors that can be leaky coaxial, geophone, or fiber optic.
You can also even use motion sensor lights to trigger if someone enters your property after dark. It is recommended that you use these sensors in the main areas of issues like doors, windows, and other entry points.
Overall, physical security risks need to be addressed in the following three ways. The first is to make sure you have the physical presence necessary to deal with any issues. The next is to deal with risk management, making sure you have considered all the different things that can go wrong. Finally, you need to make a mental audit of the issues to make sure everything is addressed.
Keeping these three pointers in mind will help you build a framework around which to plan your lines of defense. Making sure you address physical threats in this way will increase the chances that you are ready for any possible issues that may arise.