A break-in attempt at the office is the worst possible news you can wake up to, as a business owner. This is why, it is important to secure the access to your office, regardless of the size of your building. Commercial buildings are extremely vulnerable to break-ins and theft due to all the sensitive information and possible valuables that they contain. Securing access to your office can not only prevent loss or damage to property but can also safeguard your business and ensure its continued success. However, it is not as straightforward as it seems. Before you begin any installation, it is important to get experts to assess and analyse your premises and then get a suitable security plan from them, based on your specific needs. Here are a few things to consider:
- Area – Understand and know what type of crimes occur in your area, when, and at what frequency do they occur. This will help you understand the level of security you need and when do you need it most.
- Current Security – Understand how well your current security can protect your office building and the staff working within against existing and new threats. Identify any gaps and then design a better security plan that protects you against current and future threats.
- Specific Risks – Every business or organisation has its own security challenges. Depending on your business type, the number of employees and the structure of your building, you will need different security for your access points and blind spots.
- Budget – Lastly, consider your budget before going all out for your business security. Prioritise the most vulnerable access points and implement the right measures to protect them.
Once you have all the necessary knowledge and information regarding your business security requirements, you can discuss them with your security expert who may suggest the following measures to secure access to your office building:
Every commercial building, no matter how large or small, needs a good number of security cameras around the premises, especially near all the access points of the facility. Depending on your budget and business requirements, you can also have a mobile video monitoring system that allows your security team to keep a constant eye on your office remotely. Either way, security cameras play a vital role in not only deterring criminals from entering your building but also in recording any criminal activity if it occurs.
Access Control Systems
The best way to secure access to your office building is by installing a relevant access control system. It not only gives you full control over who accesses the premises but also over when and where they go after entering. One of the most crucial features of access control systems is the flexibility they offer in allowing you to assign different levels of access to different individuals. Visitors and contractors can be assigned access to only limited areas within the facility and for a limited time, whereas employees can have more flexibility in comparison. Similarly, even within your staff, only some senior members can be given access to sensitive areas like the IT department or the treasury, while prohibiting the rest from entering these places. Access Control Systems are an effective means of securing your access points as they can be installed and scaled as per your business needs. Depending on your requirements you can have –
- A Standalone System
- A Door Entry System or
- A PC-Networked System
Another effective way of controlling who accesses your office building is through an intercom system. It is the preferred way of monitoring and controlling who gets access to your office if you do not wish to give away key cards to your employees or rely on their biometrics to allow them entry. The advanced audio and video intercom systems of today are not only designed to allow easy internal communication but to also provide complete control, 24×7, over who you wish to allow inside. They are highly effective in deterring criminals from attempting to access your building, as they will need to speak to security personnel inside if they attempt to enter.
For your office building to be completely secure, it is vital that you invest in the right security equipment and measures. It is also important to train your employees on the best safety and security practices and have strong cybersecurity in place to ensure your business is also protected from within. LNS Fire and Security is one of the most reliable fire and security system specialists in Leicestershire. Our team has over 20 years of experience in the field and can design and install the best security solutions for your office access points. Get in touch to know how we can protect your business!