(1) Is the hardware for windows and doors adequate
to suppress break-ins?
Doors should have several physical mechanisms to prevent
unauthorized entry. Grade 1 or 2 (High Security) locks,
Magnetic locks, Electric strikes, Key Cards, Combination
locks and/or electronic systems for all main access points
as well as internal hallways and offices.
(2) Do you restrict keys to those who actually need
them or do you have a key program?
A comprehensive key program is essential to maintaining
complete security of your facility. This includes a registration
program of all keys, and a secure location to keep duplicate
keys such as a safe.
(3) Do all occupants have procedures for securing individual
Make sure that all employees have a way of securing
their individual office and surrounding areas. This can
be accomplished by placing a lock on the office door if
they have one. In a addition, any desk space and/or files,
should be secured when not in use. Computers should have
password protection if they are on a main frame, or if they
are a local PC, the master disks should be placed in a safe
and another secure off-site location.
(4) Do you have an alarm system that is monitored, and
do you have someone that can respond within 45 minutes of
An alarm system is an effective deterrent to potential
burglars, as well as piece of mind for the occupants of
the space. The system should be utilized 24 hours. For example,
during the day time hours, it could be utilized as a panic
alarm should the office be held-up or in an
extreme duress situation. In addition, certain secure areas
such as where a safe might be, could be on constant alarm
until shut down by authorized personnel. This creates a
multilayer effect of protection for company owned property
as well as sensitive information. The alarm should be monitored
by a Central Station which is a dispatch center
that can contact the appropriate persons and/or authorities
when an alarm comes in.
(5) Are the telephone numbers of emergency response
personnel posted and/or available to all that would need
The primary reception desk and key personnel, should
have a complete company directory as well as contacts &
telephone numbers for emergency situations, For example,
there should be a listing for the Building Office, The Security
Department, The Maintenance Department etc. Also there should
be listings of resources that your company would use in
an emergency such as Plumber, Electrician, Carpet Cleaners,
etc. These numbers should be listed in your computer system
as well as printed out to a hard copy and posted in the
event of a power failure.
(6) Are the parking areas secure & well lighted?
The areas in and around where you park your vehicle,
should be sufficient to see if anyone is near or under your
vehicle. When you are walking to your vehicle, have your
door key in your hand and ready to open your door! While
approaching your vehicle, pay close attention to the area
around your vehicle as well as underneath. Circle your car
looking for anything out of the ordinary & pay close
attention to see that your vehicle is still secure, and
has not been compromised. If you see someone that you do
not recognize, do not feel safe or find something disturbed,
DO NOT TOUCH anything. LEAVE the area immediately and contact
Security and/or the Police.
(7) Do you have a uniformed security marked patrol service
that randomly patrols the area?
It is very important to have an organized and visible
security program in effect. Studies have shown that establishments,
buildings, & communities that have a well organized security
program, are least likely to be a target for crime. The random
checking of areas is crucial because criminals who are scooping
out the potential target, cannot plan a schedule or routine
for the Security Officer, and might possibly be caught.
(8) Are employees and/or occupants encouraged to approach
persons who appear lost or need direction & ascertain
their purpose on the property?
If you see someone who appears to be lost, walk directly up
to them, looking them in the eyes and ascertain there purpose
on the property. Pay close attention to their facial details
as well as their physical characteristics (Height, Weight,
Hair Color, Eyes) and the clothes that they are wearing. If
you feel uncomfortable about approaching the person, or if
they act suspicious, contact Security or the Police immediately.
Most criminals will not want to be identified, and by you
approaching them with purpose, they have a greater chance
of being identified should they commit a crime.
(9) Do you reinforce security responsibilities, duties
& concerns through regular staff meetings?
Staff meetings are important to address concerns as well
as focus on the main objectives of the company, which is to
protect and preserve assets. This is the forum to relate any
incidents or gaps in your system, and preventative measures
that can be taken to stop them.
(10) Are the serial numbers of owned property recorded
and placed in a safe area off premise?
Serial numbers as well as receipts for company owned equipment
should be stored off-premises in a secure area such as a safety
deposit box or secure filing area that is fire-resistant.
These documents can be essential if a theft or burglary occurs
and it is necessary to show ownership.
(11) Are all ventilation ducts and access points either
secured or blocked from unauthorized entry?
All access points to the business should be secured (locked)
or blocked by physical means, to prevent unauthorized entry.
If you have A/C or ventilation ducts that are large enough
for a person to crawl through, they should be blocked with
either a grate or metal bar arrangement of sufficient strength
to prevent someone from kicking them in.
(12) Do you conduct background checks on prospective employees
New employees as well as any employees that have control
of sensitive information or systems, should be subjected to
an NCIC (National Crime Information Computer) check. This
system is run by the FBI and is continuously updated. There
are several companies that offer this service. It is an important
step to insure that you are not hiring or harboring known
(13) Do you have a written emergency action plan?
This is a very important document that could save your
life as well as that of your co-workers. This is a document
that lists what should be done in the event of an emergency,
and it lists all of the employees and what their specific
duties are. An annual review should be made of the plan, and
a copy should be distributed to all workers.
(14) Do you have a security professional that does periodic
reviews & analysis of your facility?
It is recommended that a security professional do a review
of your specific site at least bi-annually. This person can
point out strengths as well as weaknesses, and corrective
measures that should be taken. By taking a pro-active approach
to crime prevention, you can save your organization many headaches
as well as money.
(15) Do you have back-up power and/or auxiliary systems
in the event of a black-out?
In this age of computer and electronic systems, interruption
of power can be devastating. All systems should have some
type of battery back-up should the main power grid shut down.
These would include computers, alarms, climate controls for
temperature sensitive environments, locking systems, etc.
There are many commercially available back-up systems for
this purpose. It is important that you determine which system(s)
would work the best for your particular application.
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