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Five Common Security Vulnerabilities

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Building environments and security needs change with upgrades, renovations, move-ins and move-outs. Each change requires new floor plans and new facility processes. Therefore, we recommend conducting a security threat assessment of your office space or facility annually. Keep these five common security vulnerabilities in mind when performing a property threat assessment:

outdated security equipment

In the last 5-10 years, security technology has become very sophisticated. And it will be even more cutting-edge in the years to come. Until now, video surveillance systems have only provided low-resolution, low-quality images. Nothing more.

Today’s video surveillance, on the other hand, can produce high-definition video that can be accessed from anywhere. They use innovative technology to recognize unauthorized access, abandoned objects, loitering, and more. These technologically advanced measures are also cost-effective and provide an increased level of security functionality. These systems help save labor and time and ensure safety.

door gap

Doors, especially double office doors, may have a gap where the door meets the floor or between two doors. Access control alarm systems typically come with a motion sensor inside each controlled door that opens when it senses user movement. This will make going out easier. However, you can trigger the exit motion sensor simply by sliding an object from the outside into the gap. And they can unlock it and go inside, which is clearly not good.

Consider bridging the gap in these situations. You can also provide two layers of motion sensors that only open the door if the two sensors are triggered in succession.

unsecured windows and glass

Failure to protect accessible glass and window surrounds compromises protection. Thieves can easily bypass door alarm systems by breaking windows and mirrors. A motion detector should be added in the space near the glass or glass break sensor within the protected perimeter.

untrained employees

Even with all the security systems in place, if your employees don’t understand how and what systems they use to implement basic security measures, you’re not secure. Their lack of understanding can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the system. Therefore, staff should be trained and made aware of security systems.

unmonitored security system

People try to save money by monitoring their security systems, but they often leave them unmonitored. Visible security devices can provide some deterrence, but evil people always find ways to bypass vulnerable systems.

Therefore, visible deterrence security systems should be monitored. In the event of a violation, monitored systems help ensure that processes are followed. They document the incident and help investigate the culprit. The annual cost of a monitored system is much lower than the cost of theft or other accidents.

No security system is one-size-fits-all, but a well-designed security system can greatly reduce risk.

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