Perimeter entry points lie along the first line of defence for a site. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to allow them become the weakest link in the security chain rather than the strongest, and once this happens, safety can be gravely compromised and severe economic loss may follow. But by following four simple tips, it is possible to avoid this risk.
Often, the first step to defending a site that is susceptible to a certain degree of risk is the design of the outer perimeter. Any ingress point on the perimeter effectively becomes a control hub, since it is there that split-second decisions have to be made every day that can determine the fate of the site and everything connected to it.
Yet it is both easy and all too common for a point of access to end up as the weakest rather than the strongest link in the security chain, with devastating results in terms of costs, lost production and even in some cases of human lives. Worse still is when the entry points are treated as if they were impenetrable, because if disaster does strikes, it will be too late to act. Any remedies will turn out to be too little too late, and will do little to repair the damage done.
Several types of harm and loss may result from a poorly designed entrance point:
Dangerous pitfalls await those who are superficial in their approach to security and believe that a bit of technology plus a few routine checks are enough in themselves to guarantee full protection. Inexperience, even in apparently minor matters, and carelessness in forward planning may eventually result in huge losses.
But it is possible to avoid such pitfalls by taking the following advice into account. When designing the access points for the perimeter around a space or a site, just four basic actions can make all the difference.
Before embarking on an effort to make changes to the entrance points, a careful evaluation needs to be made of the existing situation. The purpose of a preliminary inspection of this sort is:
Ninety percent of the security systems protecting the outer ring of defence of a sitecontain one or more flaws that make them vulnerable. Mostly the flaws are attributable to planning mistakes caused by inadequate experience, yet they are enough to compromise entirely the safety of the space or site.
Design flaws may include:
To ensure complete security, every device and mechanism installed at an access point has to form part of a joined-up system that, in turn, must be based on a rational design. If this is not the case, the system will be vulnerable at several points, nullifying the considerable economic investment made in protecting the site.
Our decades-long experience in this field has taught us certain tricks of the trade:
To comply with safety standards, a site must have a robust security system installed. A superficial attitude to security can lead to easily avoidable errors during this delicate phase of the process. Even so, early-stage mistakes are frequent, and negligence can prejudice the performance of the security installation by up to 50 percent.
Some key considerations to keep in mind are:
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