In our many years of security surveillance and working alongside numerous properties, we’ve accumulated a list of key security factors that property owners and managers typically overlook. For spaces like hospitals, healthcare facilities, high rises and corporate buildings, there are the basic necessities when implementing a security strategy, then there are the smaller things that can occasionally be left out.
- Strategic facility access control procedures that incorporate CCTV surveillance systems.
- Clearly written and communicated Standard Operational Procedures regarding workplace violence.
- Identified secure rooms and procedures for staff in the event of an emergency.
- Practiced drills for employees teaching the appropriate responses and actions to take in an emergency.
- Communication equipment including two-way radio systems, such as cellular systems, can quickly overburden during large-scale emergencies such as tornadoes and earthquakes.
- Physical security assessment of all facilities to properly identify risks likely encountered during natural and man-made disasters.
- Facility features such as adequate lighting and proximity of secluded areas, including parking lots and stairwells.
- Location emergency management pre-coordinated strictly for disaster preparedness unique to facility locations.
- Adequate budgets focused centrally on security needs, like personnel and technology systems.
- Increased security staff to meet the ever-increased demands continually placed on large buildings such as hospitals and high rises.
These 10 key factors should not fall short on the priority list of property owners and managers. Each factor plays a critical role in effective safety monitoring and clearance.