7 top security tips for commercial buildings

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7 top security tips for commercial buildings

Retail stores, office buildings, warehouses, and business headquarters. All very different commercial properties but all requiring effective security to operate successfully.

Whilst every commercial property is different, they are all at risk of theft, vandalism, arson, and other forms of criminal activity if the right security measures are not in place.

At Select Solutions we have extensive experience protecting all these commercial sites, and many more besides, and specialise in creating bespoke security solutions to meet all their individual security requirements.

Follow these 7 top tips to significantly reduce the threat of a security breach and keep your staff, clients, and assets protected.

Tip 1 – Conduct a Risk Assessment

You can’t create an effective security plan to deal with the threats your site faces if you don’t know what those threats are.

A risk assessment should always be the starting point for any commercial security plan and should be repeated on a regular basis to ensure no new security risks have emerged.

Risk assessments should cover all key parts of the site including entry points, the perimeter fence or wall, and the location of any valuable assets. It should note the value of materials on site, the opening hours of the site, the nature and vicinity of neighbouring properties, and anything else you think may be relevant to keeping the site secure. This information will form the foundation of your security strategy.

Tip 2 – Install an alarm system

Alarm systems are an absolute must on commercial properties, protecting you against intruders at night, during the holidays, or any other time the site is left unattended.

For maximum protection choose a monitored alarm system from Select Solutions and ensure that all alarm activations are dealt with by highly trained security professionals.

An alarm alone is a powerful deterrent to intruders but does nothing to physically deal with the threat itself. With a monitored alarm system in place, a pre-agreed security response will be triggered the instant a breach is detected, minimising the risk of significant damage being done.

Tip 3 – Install CCTV

Few security measures are more effective than CCTV. CCTV cameras deter criminals from targeting your site in the first place and track anyone who does enter the site at all times. They can be used by your security to identify security threats in real-time and provide valuable evidence for insurance or the police if an incident occurs.

Even when your site is secure, CCTV is a fantastic asset to have, letting you monitor site activity from afar via an app on your phone, allowing you track project process, and allocate resources more efficiently based on your observations.

Tip 4 – Hire Security Guards

If your site is large enough or has assets that cannot be fully protected through CCTV, alarms and other security technologies alone, security guards may well be essential to a powerful security set-up.

Despite all these great security technologies emerging in recent years, security guards remain one of the most effective ways to protect any commercial site, especially when they are supported by canine security officers.

Security guarding can involve full-time round the clock surveillance, or simply a quick sweep of the site a couple of times a day. It really does depend on the threats identified in your risk assessment.

Tip 5 – Install Access Control Technology

Keeping unauthorised individuals outside your property is the name of the game when it comes to commercial building security, and access control plays a major part in doing just that.

There are a huge number of different access control options available these days, from security passes and codes required upon entry to state-of-the-art biometric fingerprint or face scanners that leave no doubt over the identification of each person going in or out of your premises.

Tip 6 – Constantly Review Your Security

Over time your security needs will change and develop and it is essential that you react to these changes by adapting your security systems.

Conduct regular risk assessments and ensure that all incidents are fully analysed to identify what, if anything, went wrong, and what can be learned.

Tip 7 – Educate Your Staff

Security is a team effort and it is essential that your staff are aware of their own personal responsibilities in keeping the site safe and secure.

We can’t promise they will enjoy taking part in security training exercises but they will certainly benefit from it in the long-run. After all, a great security system is the key to a happy, safe, and productive workforce.