There are a lot of articles floating in the cloud for cybercrime and how to combat it in the business arena. There are not nearly as many articles that teach you how to keep your business physically protected at all times, and it’s important that you do this, too. Your business security is important, and it’s not just because of people getting in and out. You want to make sure that you have secured your electrical cupboards, water tanks, and gas cylinders, too. Security is about the physical property in your building as much as the utility cupboards and meters, and protecting all of it will make a huge difference to your business bottom line and what you pay in insurance.

If you are protecting the underground cable ducting, you are going to ensure that your business is safe and your employees will be safe, too. Physical security for your business premises takes into account your assets and property and how you can protect them from intruders, too. When you are designing your security program for your business, you need to think about three areas: inner and outer perimeter and the interior. You need to have more than one level of security for each of these areas and we are going to go through some of the ways you can do that. 

Exterior Security

The whole of the outer perimeter of your business equals the property lines and everything up to those boundaries. When you secure this perimeter you can control who comes in and out of your business at any time. Various ways that you can do this, from a hedge to barbed wire fencing, to a security guard who patrols the perimeter at regular intervals. The important thing here is to weigh the risk of each option and decide which is best for your business.

This also comes down to cost i.e. the cost of an intruder entering your business, with the cost of the budget you have for your security. For example, if you cannot pay a security guard full time, then a tall hedge may have to be an option. There are several different things to consider when securing the perimeter of your business, and it’s not just the building. You want to ensure that intruders do not have access to electrical or water mains. Any interruption here can cause issues for your business Long term, which is why protecting these is so important. 

Controlling Access

Intruders and criminals like to feel that they are in control of what they are doing as they enter the business area. While they feel in control the perception of risk is low. This is because they feel that they can move around unnoticed. If you limit the amount for your purchase to buildings and properties to tell them they are being watched, they are less likely to try to intrude. By using the building and exterior landscaping, you can deter criminals with lighting cameras and closing of any potential escape routes

It is so important to create a distinction between public and private property. Not only do you need to have a sense of ownership over your business premises, but you need to make it hard for anyone to blend in when they are trying to intrude. 

Interior security of physical property

The inner perimeter of your building is made up of doors, walls, and windows. Usually, you protect these areas with locks, keys, keypads, remote systems, and alarm systems to stop people from coming in when they are not welcome. Electronic access is very useful if you’d like to control the flow of people in and out of your inner perimeter. The alarm systems will warn you when your perimeter is breached and nobody will be able to get in without lock and key. 

The very last level of security in your building is your interior. Security cameras are the usual tool used for monitoring the interior of a business as well as recording evidence of any crimes that can be pulled back later on. You can protect the interior of your building with motion detectors that can be kept around your electrical and water mains to prevent people from going into those areas and taking advantage.

When it comes to protecting your business, you need to have each level of these protections ready and waiting to ensure that nobody can get in or out without your approval. Anybody coming into your business should be marked clearly with a visitor badge and signed in at the front desk. You do not want to have random people you don’t know in the area doing goodness knows what with your business and being on the premises unchecked.  

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