Five signs you may need to improve your building security

Thursday, 26th May, 2016

Five signs you may need to improve your building security

In this blog we are looking at five areas that may indicate it’s time to review your building security to make sure you are keeping your staff, students and other business assets are safe as possible.

In today’s climate of ever-increasing security threats, we think it is very important that your premises are as secure as they can be and that you regularly review your security strategy in light of the prevailing best practices and recommendations. Below we’ve outlined some key areas for you to consider and which may mean you need to update your security and policies.

Locks and Keys

Sadly, many organisations still rely on this method for securing their premises. In this day and age locks and keys are outdated, expensive and very open to security breaches, just think how easy it is for keys to be lost, fall into the wrong hands and be copied and what about the costs associated with replacing locks when keys have been lost. You might have a key safe and someone responsible for this, but what happens if the key guardian is not in the building or the safe is broken into? If you still rely on locks and keys, we would recommend you move to an electronic access control solution, which will not only improve security but will be more cost effective to manage. If a staff member loses their entry ID card or fob, it is a quick five minute job to block the card and issue a new one and all without leaving your desk – weigh that up against the need to call a locksmith out and issue new keys to all key holders.

Rapid Growth

If your organisation is growing at a rapid pace then improving your physical access becomes more important, not only from ensuring your premises and staff are safe and secure but also ensuring you can easily manage your buildings security. Being able to easily deploy or change access rights and have a real-time audit trail will enable the smooth running of your building, so you’ll know who is in the building and where they are or have been. With rapid growth also comes the need to be able to scale quickly so you require a door access solution that lets you add doors and people quickly and easily without costing the earth.

More Visitors

As businesses grow they often attract more visitors to them and the ability to easily and efficiently manage these visitors is vital. So using an access control system that offers a good visitor management option will be an important consideration or it should offer the ability to integrate easily with any existing visitor management solution you may already have in place. You will want to know what visitors are on the premises, when they arrived, where they went and when they left, you might want to restrict where they can go, by allowing them access to just to the areas they need to fulfil their visits purpose.

Using Outdated Technology

Of course, you may already have a door access solution; it may rely on a PIN pad or use Barcode readers. As we all know technology has progressed at a rapid pace and these systems are now outdated and not as secure as they once were. Upgrading to the latest RFID or mobile technology will ensure your building is future proofed and able to meet ongoing growth or security demands.

The Need to Protect More

In past times simply securing your ‘front door’ was enough but times have changed and many threats and breaches now emanate internally, so now you may need to think about securing server rooms, R&D spaces, staff rooms, director’s offices, finance departments, car parks or even lifts. You need to look for a solution that can meet these needs and offers the scalability you need at a reasonable cost.

If any of these five areas have resonated with you and your business needs then you probably need to re-think or review your building security.

AIT are SALTO Certified Partners and offer free site surveys, so you can use our expertise to decide on the best way forward for your building security – Click here to book your free site survey.

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Or feel free to call us on 0113 273 0300 to have a chat about how we can help you improve your building security.