Office buildings and tenants undergo constant change. This includes renovations and upgrades, move ins, move outs, and more. With each change come new facility processes, new floor plans and new types of industry with varying security needs. As such, GMSC recommends conducting security threat assessments annually. Consider these often missed vulnerabilities when conducting a threat assessment of your facility or office space.
Outdated security equipment
Security technology has come a very long way over the past 5 – 10 years. It will come even further over the next 5 – 10. Video surveillance systems of the past provide low resolution, low quality images and not much more. Today’s video systems are high resolution and accessible from anywhere. They use smart technology to detect things such as loitering, unauthorized access, objects left behind and much more. They are surprisingly cost effective and will enhance your security capabilities magnitudes. Today’s systems will save you time and effort when you need it most.
Accessible and unsecured windows and glass
If you are not securing the space around accessible windows and glass, you’re missing a huge piece of the security puzzle. Burglars commonly bypass door alarm systems by breaking the glass. Your security perimeter should include glass break sensors and/or motion detectors located inside your space near the glass.
Office doors, especially double doors, often have wide gaps between the two doors, or where the door meets the floor. Access control alarm systems typically include a motion sensor inside each controlled door that unlocks the door as it detects your motion. This ensures easy egress. However, from the outside, simply slip an object through the gap to trigger the exit motion sensor, unlock, and you are in. Not good. In these situations consider filling the gap, or providing double-layered motion sensors that won’t unlock the door unless two sensors are triggered in a row.
Lack of staff training
Your company can have all the security systems in place in the world. However, if your staff does not understand the systems or how to take basic security precautions, your systems will be exponentially less effective. Take the time to train and retrain your staff.
Unmonitored security systems
We often hear from people who want to save money by having un-monitored security systems. While it’s true visible security equipment may provide some level of deterrence, bad people know all too well the tricks of bypassing weak security. The visible deterrence of an un-monitored system is just scratching the security surface. In fact, it’s basically having no security at all. When breaches occur, monitored systems help ensure processes are followed. They ensure a historical record of the incident, and allow for investigations to occur. The annual cost of having a monitored system is exponentially less than the costs resulting from a theft or other emergency.
No security system is 100% foolproof. However, a well-designed system will greatly reduce the risks.
Contact us today for a vulnerabilities assessment of your space.