There’s been so much conversation recently about the need for online security. Hacks are taking place often and to bigger corporations each time. While protecting yourself from cyber security threats is important, it’s essential that you don’t forget the importance of physical security too. And this isn’t just a concern for big businesses. Even small businesses must pay attention to their physical security needs and ensure they have the proper amount in place. Here are some steps for businesses to take note of.
Find the right security provider
It’s essential that you use a security company which understands and anticipates your needs as well as provides quality service. That’s why it’s important to ask them the right questions:
- How will they assess your security needs?
- How thorough will their security assessment be?
- How much security do you really need?
- How flexible is your contract?
- How much experience does the company have?
- What kind of training does the company’s staff undergo?
Explore security options
Access control is going to be one of the most important physical security avenues for your business. However, depending on your business, budget and building layout you would choose different types of access control. It’s essential that you choose the right access control solution for your business. For example, turnstile gates are ideal for regulating foot traffic, while mantraps are suitable for high security businesses like banks and jewelry stores. Just be sure to take a close look at your business and its security needs.
Have the right security for your business
Different businesses have different security needs. Some businesses have more security needs than others. For instance, these businesses need 24 hour surveillance, security control room and full-time guards. Other businesses, on the other hand, don’t need nearly as much security. These are the businesses which need just a single security guard or access control at entrances and exits. Anything more would be unnecessary and merely an additional cost. It’s Important that you have your needs properly and professionally assessed to ensure your security needs are met.
Implement and uphold security procedures
It’s essential that you have specific security protocols planned and that your staff is aware of what those are. You need to then ensure your security protocols are consistently being upheld. There’s little point having a security system in place if it’s not being adhered to all the time. It only takes one instance of security being seen as sufficient for disaster to hit. It’s essential that this doesn’t happen to your business.
Create access areas for staff
Your different employees will need access to specific and different areas of your building. Their access should be regulated and controlled to those specific areas. You should also enforce rules such as whether your employees have to wear staff identification to all times. Other workers, such as cleaners, security and maintenance staff will also need access to the building on occasion. You also need to ensure these visitors are given access when necessary.
Some form of monitoring will likely be required to keep track of access control. Often this is in the form of security guards or access cars. An option is to use access cards which can monitor access and timekeeping. These can be easily tracked more easily than actual keys and more information about employees. They can also be deactivated when necessary and be programmed to provide access to certain areas or limit access at certain times and days.
Certain areas of your office space will need more security than others. These areas will have to available to some staffers and off limits to others. It’s essential that you establish where those areas are and how much security they need. This will change from business to business and is not a one size fits all approach. your security needs may also differ depending on where your offices are based. For instance, if your business is situated in Nigeria, you may have different security needs for your Lagos office than you would in your Kano space.
Following these points should help you to determine your security needs and implement only the most important. This will help to save you both time and money, two important factors for all business owners.