Physical Security Audit for Your Business: What you need to know

Is your business secure from theft and criminal attacks? Several companies install security systems but fail to check in on their functionality periodically. It is one thing to have security measures in place, but ensuring that they function properly is extremely important, and this is where a security audit comes in.

Keeping your workplace secure is very important as it can save you unnecessary costs. Reports from the National Safety Council show that over two million persons are victims of workplace assaults annually. Another report has shown that low physical security in a company can expose the company to cybercriminal activities. Presently, cybercrime is rising, costing US businesses a whopping sum of 6.9 billion dollars annually.

From these statistics, you can tell the importance of functional physical security systems in your workplace.

Should you get a physical security audit?

The security system is evolving rapidly. After the covid-19 pandemic, a lot changed in offices. From working styles to working systems, hybrid work mode is now the new normal in offices. While this has several advantages and has been known to increase employees’ productivity, it has also led to an inconsistency in office foot traffic. Employees now troop in and out of the office without prediction. This has created some lapses in the security system in offices.

In addition, businesses today need to protect their perimeters as well as the sensitive data and information that are constantly in motion. Therefore, just having a security system installed does not cut it. An audit to ensure that this system is updated to meet up with the current needs of security in offices is necessary.

Here is a checklist that you can review to determine the risk level in your workspace;

  • Identify potential security threats:

The first step is knowing what your workspace needs protection against. Knowledge of the potential security threats in your workplace will enable make the right decision regarding the security technology to install. Here are some of the most common security threats in offices;

  • Burglary and theft
    • Phishing
    • Workplace violence
    • Tailgating
    • Insider breach
    • Malware.
  • Check the access control in the building:

Access control will ensure that only authorized individuals gain entry into your workplace. There are several means of providing functional access control. From physical security guards to more advanced smartphone-based access. Here are some things to look out for during your audits;

  • The type of access control needed in your building.
    • Determine the entry points that require different types of access.
    • Automate the opening and closing of the door to specific time limits.
  • Surveillance detection:

What happens if unauthorized personnel somehow bypass the control and gets into the building? The installation of surveillance systems at strategic positions in the office can track the activity of this individual and send out alarms. Here are some useful surveillance detection installations;

  • Sensors to detect violent actions like gunshots and breaking of glass.
  • Sensors to trigger failed door entry attempts and forceful entry.
  • Environmental components:

The arrangement of your environment can give you a better security in your office. Here are some security precautions to take in your environment;

  • No obstructions on windows and doors.
  • Trees and bushes around the building should be neatly cut.
  • Well-lit parks, grounds, and hidden spots can help.
  • Automated lights that can adjust to weather, occupants, and working hours.
  • Emergency response system:

How functional is your emergency response system? A thorough audit will check your emergency response system and ensure that it is intact. Here are some checks;

  • All necessary alarms per building code should be installed
  • Customized locks for different emergencies.
  • Backup sources to keep your building secure in the case of a power outage.

Investing in a periodic physical security audit in your workplace is a smart move. With this list, you can have a reference point.

Physical security systems vary for different buildings. Having a security system professional will guide you in making the most suitable decisions for your business.

If you need any form of security system installation and maintenance, our experts at Vigilante Security are here for you. We proffer solutions to all forms of security system issues both in commercial and residential buildings. Reach out to us now.