How To Be Security Conscious
What does it mean to be Security Conscious?
We know it can be quite overwhelming being responsible for the safety of your own business. That’s why we’ve put together this blog to give you some simple tips on how to be Security Conscious. And some extra security methods that you should implement to take all your worries away.
Being security conscious can be referred to being in a state to notice discrepancies in the situation of things in the environment. This means noticing people who are behaving strangely or anything out of the ordinary in your environment. Being security conscious can be the difference between being in safety and being in danger.
There are several ways of being security conscious and this knowledge is essential for business owners. However, it is also important to build a security conscious culture within your organisation. This means everyone has a responsibility to keep the business safe and should be taught this from the moment they join your organisation.
It is all about staying safe.
Tips on how to be Security Conscious:
1. Keep Records Secure
Inability to effectively store records can lead to all kinds of trouble. As a business owner you are legally obliged by the Data Protection Act to safely secure any data. Imagine a company that stores the records of transactions, revenues and expenditures, names and addresses of employees, and other sensitive information but does not secure it? You risk sensitive information falling into the wrong hands if you do not keep it securely. Stolen data can lead to fraud and theft and you may end up liable. However, you can deter criminal activity by implementing security measures such as locks, CCTV and security guards. We can assess your security needs and advise you on the necessary precautions to keep your business safe.
2. Triple Check Your Security Measures
Triple check every security measure that you have in place every time you open and every time you close your business. You should also check throughout the day. Never leave your premises without doing these checks. The consequences could be catastrophic. You dramatically increase the chance of being burgled if you accidentally leave a door unlocked or a window open. As a result of this you may also struggle with insurance if a burglary occurs as you haven’t taken the necessary precautions.
- Lock all locks
- Have your keys on you at all times
- Make sure CCTV is on and functioning correctly
- Store CCTV recordings under lock and key
- Close all windows and check the building is secure leaving no weak points
- Password protect computers and records and never leave them unlocked
- Set alarms every time you close the premises and regularly check they work
3. Install Electric Fencing
An electric fence is based on a strong psychological barrier coupled with a weak physical barrier that keeps wildlife or farm animals in and unwanted animals and vermin.
Despite the successes achieved around the world, electric fencing still has its detractors. Most people swear by it there are still a few who do not believe it works effectively. The reason for this is simple. Those who understand and apply the basic principles of electric fencing when constructing their electric fences will reap the benefits of electric fencing, while those who do not apply these principles will never get their fence to work effectively. Simplicity is the key and following just a few erecting guidelines will ensure an effective fence.
There is nothing new about using electricity to control animals. For over seventy years farmers have been using electric fences to control their livestock in Europe and New Zealand whilst in Africa it has been utilised to protect arable land from being damaged by African wildlife.
The mechanical “tick tock” high internal impedance type energisers used back then were however unable to overcome much competition from vegetation and thus could only power relatively short lengths of fence line. The technological advancements in solid state electronics during the 1970’s resulted in the development of the modern low internal impedance high powered energisers in use today. These modern energisers are capable of powering many kilometers of multi strand electric fencing and the electric fence has now become a truly effective management tool that is being used successfully around the world to control all species of wildlife. Today very few conservation organisations do not incorporate electric fencing in their wildlife management programs.
4. Install Access Control
An access control system allows or restricts access to a building, a room or another designated area. It is an electronically powered form of physical security that manages who has access to a location at a particular time.
How can an access control system help your business? No matter the size or industry, automated access control can protect employees and let administrators know who accesses the premises. The most significant benefits of access control systems are:
1. INCREASE EASE OF ACCESS FOR EMPLOYEES
An access control system allows you to “set and forget” who has access to each area of your business. Once you give the authorization, an employee can access all the areas they need to get their jobs done. With the scan of a key card or input of a PIN, the employee can get to wherever they need with ease.
2. GET RID OF TRADITIONAL KEYS
The use of traditional keys has a few drawbacks. Restricting access to particular areas requires individual keys. The larger the building, the more locks you need. For an individual like a janitor or a high-clearance individual, this can mean a bulky key ring and confusion about which keys do what. An access control system saves time for those accessing restricted areas and also saves you visits from the locksmith.
Also, keys can be duplicated, leaving you vulnerable to unauthorized access. If an employee doesn’t turn in their key before they leave your company, you leave yourself unprotected or must get your locks changed. Access control security does away with this.
3. SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY
With access control security, you save money on locks and security personnel. An access control system can verify a person’s identity without the need for a security guard.