Building security is crucial when operating a business. There’s nothing more important than protecting employees, customers, and clients who come to an office or commercial site. With this in mind, a property manager or business owner should do their best to keep an office or building safe and secure through best practices and smart planning.
Sometimes, in order to recognize where holes in security might exist, it’s helpful to think about some of the biggest security mistakes that are made in commercial buildings.
Prioritizing Beauty Over Security
Owners and management want their building or office space to be attractive to guests, clients, and the people who work there. However, beauty must be a secondary priority to security. This might mean installing security devices in obvious places, thus breaking up the visual aesthetic. Fortunately, many designers are able to incorporate security devices into the overall look and feel of the building. Smart technology and building automation are becoming much more common in residential and commercial settings. And in many cases, buildings are being constructed with this in mind. By working with a contractor, architect, designer and members of a design team, owners can find a way to make the building attractive while making it secure at the same time.
Failure To Enforce ID Requirements
Do you know who is entering your building and when? ID requirements make it possible for you to track this information at all times. Different buildings have different ID practices. Some require employees to scan in and scan out when they come and go; others require employees to carry badges and keep them visible at all times.
A security team should be able to determine what level of security is right for each worksite. Most important is to enforce those rules once they’re in place. Taking a relaxed approach to ID requirements can leave a building vulnerable to anyone who might want to walk in unannounced – endangering themselves and those around them.
Failure to Screen New Employees Properly
Unfortunately, not everyone is truthful in their job applications or their interviews. Employers have a duty to their existing employees, customers, and clients to properly screen candidates before hiring. Background checks and reference checks are both an important part of the hiring process.
Failure to Protect Information Technology
A company’s computer servers often contain a great deal of sensitive information that should never fall into the wrong hands. In addition, many modern buildings are fully connected to the technology within the building – as well as to the Internet. In some cases, a hacker that breaks into a buildings computer system might be able to control everything in the building from the front door locks to the printers.
Protecting a companies information technology is an obligation to the business as well as to the employees and clients. Hiring capable IT staff and working with a security company or security staff can help ensure that any building is secure.
Failure to Notice Signs That Lead To Workplace Violence
Personal problems and mental illness among staff can sometimes lead to dangerous situations in the workplace. Often, the days leading up to an employee-related crisis are fraught with warning signs. Managers who are trained to recognize these problems can intervene before the problem becomes an emergency situation. Staff who know what to do in the event of an active shooter can protect themselves. Engage in regular training so that managers and staff know what to do in the event of workplace violence. Management should be trained to watch for warning signs and stay in contact with the HR team.
Lack of An Active Crisis Alert System
An active crisis alert system can help employees or management get help and information when it’s needed the most. Crisis alert systems can help ensure that staff and management team can respond in an organized and safe way when a crisis occurs. If you’re a business owner with a commercial building to manage, now is the time to get an active crisis alert system. Contact Community Response Systems to start a free trial.