When looking for a workspace or office property to rent or buy, there are several security aspects you need to consider before making an informed decision on your final space. Although outfitting your office with the latest security is paramount, you will also need to reflect on the type of building security essentials that best work for you.
With more and more people either opting to work from home or in smaller groups, the home office space has become a popular option. Ahead, we answer six security questions to alleviate business owner woes.
Question One: Adequately burglar proofed?
This refers to all aspects of the building, whether interior or exterior and should be the first question asked that fills in the gaps.
Ensure that all entrances are secured with high quality expandable security doors and burglar proofing. At Sequ-Door, we offer a wide variety of options for entrance security. We are more than equipped to outfit your office space with solid and reliable expandable security doors and/or elegant aluminium security shutters, ensuring product longevity and personal peace of mind.
Don’t just think about your entrances, but also consider your windows. We offer a range of burglar proofing options to secure your window openings.
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Question Two: Where are my security weaknesses?
What are the security risks that your property presents? Eg, are you close to the main road? How easy is it to get to and from the entrance? Are your windows secured with burglar bars? In other words, is your location safe? Part of keeping both your staff and visiting clients feeling secure is paying attention to your location’s shortcomings.
Our Expandable Security Doors provide a strong and reliable guard to your working spaces’ primary point of entry with an effective slam lock feature.
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Question Three: Do I have access control?
Access control is defined as a system of ensuring that all staff are accounted for, who they say they are, where they should be at all times, and whether or not they are granted access to certain areas. Access control consists of two main factors that are authentication and authorisation. Authentication ensures the correct person has access to places and information allocated to them. Authorisation is then granted when said person matches the criteria set.
This is managed by both hardware and software and refers to both physical spaces and data storage on servers. There is simply no data security without authentication and authorisation and should you ever have a data breach or break-in, the first thing insurance will look at is how up to date your access control measures are.
Question Four: Why is surveillance important?
Installing surveillance systems like security cameras, motion sensors, and recording software is key to protecting your most valuable assets and ensuring employee security. From monitoring staff movements to preventing theft and thus providing you with many benefits;
- Prevent theft: with security feeds and high-quality videos recording every second of the space monitored, there is not a single inch of your space that will go unnoticed
- Remote monitoring: Modern always-online technology allows you to access your security feed anywhere with a simple app on your phone.
- Distributed intelligence: digital monitoring software picks up on anomalous activities that occur 24/7. This means that even when no one is looking at the camera, any occurrence out of the ordinary is logged and timestamped for later viewing.
- Improve productivity: Employees are always more likely to stick to the job when they believe they are being constantly monitored.
Question Five: What other factors besides standard security protocols should I consider?
Other than the obvious considerations like security doors and access control, other less conspicuous factors like the layout of your office need to be taken into account.
Fewer staff members mean fewer security risks to consider since each experiences their own levels of negligence. Thus be extremely aware of your employee’s shortcomings. Lighting is an important security feature since it provides illumination to dull spaces but is also a psychological deterrent for criminals. Finally, consider the physical spaces you maintain, are your essential assets easily accessible? Or are they locked in secure rooms in the inner parts of your building?
Question Six: Are my employees trained in security protocols?
It’s all well and good having the best security systems in the world but if your staff do not receive adequate safety and awareness training then breaks in the security train will be a daily occurrence.
With security awareness, you impose obligations on your staff to be responsible within the workplace but also ensure that they compose themselves in a manner that ensures both their and the customer’s safety.
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