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Building Security 101

A Introductory Guide to Securing Your Business

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Think about the records, legal documents, marketing data, cash, and people found inside the walls of your establishment. Are you doing your best to protect them?

Here are 7 steps that you can take to make your business more secure physically. These items are arranged from simple to complex. While all of these suggestions won't apply to every building, if you start at the top of the list and work your way down, you will find practical steps that you can take to protect your people and assets.

1. Install Deadbolt Locks
The deadbolt lock is a foundation block of physical security. It is one of the strongest, and most common, locking devices used on exterior doors. Home improvement stores can have several shelves of deadbolts, so you need to understand the differences in order to make the best selection.

2. Establish a Key Control Policy
If you don't know who is holding keys to your doors, or if keyholders can make duplicates without your permission, then you have a serious hole in your security plan. Once you have physically secured your doors, the next step is to keep them secure by establishing a key control policy.

3. Install an Alarm System
Physical security measures such as deadbolt locks are designed to keep intruders out. If they get in, however, you need to know about it. A monitored alarm system serves two basic purposes: First, it can trip a siren that will scare an intruder away; Second, it alerts law enforcement professionals who can respond to your break-in.

4. Assign a Floor Marshall
A Floor Marshall is a volunteer in your organization whose job it is to approach unrecognized visitors and make sure that they have a legimate purpose to be on your premises. A Floor Marshall also gives other employees a go-to person for reporting suspicious individuals.

5. Install an Electronic Access Control System
Mechanical locks tell no tales. By upgrading your door locks with an Electronic Access Control System, you will gain a record of who opened, or attempted to open, every door. This information will be extremely helpful if you need to investigate a security breach. In addition, an EAC system lets you instantly add or delete electronic keys. This elimates your exposure due to lost or stolen keys, and also allows you to assign customized access privileges based on time, date, and authority level.

6. Use Video Surveillance
Not only does a camera system improve your ability to monitor your premises, it can also provide useful evidence and information if you need to investigate an accident, attack, or theft. Remember to keep employee privacy in mind as you implement your surveillance system.

7. Learn About CPTED
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a set of design principles used to discourage crime. The concept is simple: Buildings and properties are designed to prevent damage from the force of the elements and natural disasters; they should also be designed to prevent crime. You can use these principles to improve home offices as well as high-rise buildings.

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