Every building owner should be making efforts to make their facility safe and secure. There is software available to integrate all of a building’s security measures to have unified remote access. This makes the everyday operation of building security more convenient. Both new and older security controls can be put under the same unified control, which saves time and money.
Why Do Security Measures Need Updating?
Every facility owner or manager owes the people who work and use the facility safety while they are there. In today’s world, it takes more than door locks and a security guard at the front door to protect a facility. The parking lot, front entry, windows, and all the electronics in a building need to be secured and protected. If a company has three or four different operating systems for different areas of security, it can be difficult to monitor and control them all. But, you can have control of your buildings’ systems with one monitoring station and fewer people when using new software that is now available.
Ask yourself if these areas are secure and covered.
- The parking lot and the outdoor area surrounding the building
- All of the building entrances, including the front door, rear door, and loading dock
- All of the windows
- Any possible entry points on the roof
- All of the electronics and company information stored on electronic devices
- Interior offices with sensitive data or equipment and interior doors
- Are fire and smoke alarms in place and up-to-date?
- Is there an emergency escape plan and marked route?
- Are the stairs and or elevators inspected and marked for safety?
Every public-use building should be inspected periodically for safety and security concerns. A qualified person with both security and safety in mind should do the inspection. They should be testing all the safety and security measures that are already in place. If a security company is monitoring the building, they will have the personnel to do the inspections. The employees in the security department should be reporting any malfunctions immediately.
- Remember that criminals are constantly figuring out how to get around security equipment such as alarm systems. It is important to stay ahead of criminals to keep the building safe and secure.
What Are the Different Parts of a Good Building Security System?
Depending on the use and vulnerability of a building, a complete security system should be enacted. this will include all or part of the following, depending on building needs.
- A secure building perimeter, including the parking lot
- Building access control and rules
- Security cameras that feed into the cloud to save daily footage
- Door key control
- A reception area with the minimum of a receptionist if not a building guard
- Anti-theft equipment
- The latest cyber security software
- Clear, easy-to-follow security rules for employees to adhere to, including employee training
- Communication equipment and software so all security measures are unified and checked constantly
There should be one secure command post to keep track of all security and safety measures, including the security cameras. Public buildings that hold meetings and conventions must be even more aware of threats to the safety of the people attending or working at events.
There are bad actors in the form of domestic and foreign terrorists and individuals with guns and bad intentions to look for. Security people monitoring cameras should be specifically trained to spot dangerous people who might have guns or explosives or people posing as cleaning crews or vendors who do not look familiar.
This danger can be both in person and involving the internet system for the facility. Threats can come in the mail, online, or over the phone. All threats should be reported and taken seriously. Taking the precaution of getting an updated security system and well-trained security personnel can save lives and property. Having it all controlled with one set of software is even better.