Our Guide to Office Security

Office security can be divided into two main areas: 1) protecting your office and employees from vandalism, theft, and personal attacks; and 2) protecting your office from corporate sabotage, both from inside the company and out.

When we deal with the first example, the actual office itself, things such as layout, an alarm system and even the use of security guards are what we consider.

There are various steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and security of your office, not all of which need to be at a high cost. Each company needs to take in to account what is specific to their company’s needs and what suits it best. Security consultants can be hired for their advice and to perform an analysis if required. These reviews can often help identify unnoticed weak areas and can enable a clear strategy for upgrading security.

A good starting point is looking at the layout of the office. Open areas with clear sight lines are preferred, and also hallways without any hiding spots where an intruder could hide. Lighting of course comes in to play when thinking about security. All areas should be well lit, particularly later on in the day when workers could potentially be working alone or with only a small number of people in the building. Doors and windows should be secure and ideally doors needing to have a security pass to gain entry to another area. Simply upgrading locks and hinges can have a positive effect on office security.

When considering doors, one should also think of security in terms of fire prevention and protection. Fire doors can stop the spread of fire within an office building, not only protecting staff but also data and equipment.

Closed circuit surveillance cameras installed to monitor a workplace and the entrances to the work areas mean that any suspicious activity can be passed on quickly to security guards or employees watching for this. Cameras area also a known deterrent.

All companies should train their staff in what to be aware of, what to be discreet about and who to inform should they notice any abnormal behaviours.

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes1

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