While there are multiple tools and techniques available to achieve desired goals, the objectives of physical security remain exactly the same whether you’re setting up safeguards for a Top-Secret government safe room or the snack shop at the community pool.
Physical security is all about making certain the bad guys can’t gain access to your property and/or data – and if by some chance they do, that they’re caught in the act, red-handed – and thwarted before they can inflict any damage.
Consider these four foundational components when creating a security plan.
- Deter: Physical security systems should discourage potential intruders, vandals, thieves, and any others who are up to no good. Strategically placed video surveillance systems, for instance, provide a visible deterrent to shoplifters who may think twice before pocketing that valuable knickknack. Exterior lighting, too, whether motion activated or on a timer, will make prospective trespassers second guess their actions.
- Some intruders cannot, and will not, be persuaded and/or discouraged, however. These criminals are determined to gain entrance to your business and/or damage your property. In this case, your physical security measures must delay or outright deny their attempts. State-of-the-art, cloud-based access control systems are designed to give business owners comprehensive control, allowing them to keep tabs on multiple entry points at your commercial or institutional property, while permitting or denying access on the fly using an app on any Internet-connected device.
- Stopping an incident before it ever occurs is the ideal situation. Working in tandem with access control systems, intelligent intrusion detection systems can learn your unique procedures and protocols over time, alerting you to any unusual activity on or near your premises. Implementing a number of systems – from motion detection to glass break sensors to window and door alarms – boosts your defenses exponentially.
- Identify: Authentication via smart cards, biometric identification, and other real-time measures is critical to ensure access to restricted areas is relegated to authorized personnel only. Leveraging multiple layers of authentication is key to making certain that only the right people have access to the right spaces at the right times.
Secom is meticulous when meeting all objectives of physical security, whether we are arming a SCIF for one of our government contracting clients or installing video surveillance for a small business. Our skilled, certified technicians and specialists excel in the installation, integration, and service of today’s state-of-the-art tools and equipment. We are committed to delivering better, cleaner, and more effective security, 24 hours a day, and we go out of our way to ensure our customers are never victimized by vendor lock-in tactics.