Is your business at risk of authorised access from criminals?

One of the most common problems with security that we hear about time and time again is with unauthorised access. It’s something we’re highly trained in preventing, and with some simple advice, you can reduce the risk of some of the most common ways criminals try to gain access.

1. Tailgating

Much like when this phrase is used to describe driving, tailgating is when someone follows closely behind a person who does have authorised access. They could either slope in behind or more commonly, have the door kept open for them, so they don’t need their own key, access card or code to gain access to the building. Common courtesy and good manners often mean people hold the door open for someone behind them, and whilst this is a lovely culture to have in your place of work, it could easily lead to a security breach. This is particularly common in large offices, warehouses or buildings where not everyone knows each other individually. Door supervisors are a great way to prevent this, as they can ensure everyone shows their ID on arrival, to ensure only those authorised to do so can gain entry.

2. Propping open doors

Particularly prevalent in the summer months is doors being propped open. However, this can also be a huge problem in the winter, especially in offices where there might be conflict over whether or not the heating stays on! This might cause disgruntled employees who are too warm to prop open doors, and in doing so they make your business vulnerable to intruders.

3. Lost, stolen or loaned keys or access cards

Shift work, annual leave or even just a friendly culture could accidentally encourage keys and access cards to be loaned to other employees. This makes them vulnerable to be lost, stolen or copied, causing a huge problem when it comes to security. Having a culture that instead encourages security, making it clear and simple on how an individual might gain their own access card or key, will greatly reduce this risk.

4. Forcing entry

Finally, there’s the risk of a criminal forcing entry, whether that’s through the use of crowbars to lift the door of its hinges, using tools to remove the hinges skilfully or through the use of brute force. CCTV, manned guarding and mobile patrols can all work towards preventing this risk, and a trained alarm response team can be on-site to mitigate the situation within minutes.

For more information on how we can work with you to provide a quality security service at your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to further your career within the security industry, please check the careers section on our website or email us an up to date copy of your C.V. We never subcontract our staff, we invest in their training and we work hard to support our staff. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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