What to Consider when Bolstering Your Building’s Physical Security

Physical Security for Buildings

With the increase in terrorism and violent crime, the need for security is increasing and the protection of visitors, personnel, and physical assets is crucial.  With this heightened focus on physical security, a layered approach is appropriate, starting with the perimeter. When looking over the perimeter of your building, the answers to these questions are important:

  • Do you have natural barriers?  If so, how adequate are they?
  • Where the natural barriers stop, do you have a perimeter fence?
  • Are Crash Gates or manned checkpoints needed along the perimeter?
  • Have you employed bollards for strategic protection of exposed equipment and traffic control?

This is where you should stop and consider the layout of your layered approach to your building’s physical security plan.  The following are examples of different measures that should be implemented into your building’s physical security plan:

  • Fenced walls, razor wires: works as a first point of physical security, deter intruders by posing a bodily harm
  • Locks: typical physical security countermeasure, allows only individuals with a key
  • Protective barriers: deter speedy or forced entry of persons, vehicles, etc.
  • Security lighting: renders more visibility for security personnel, surveillance cameras, etc.
  • Security guards: adding human intelligence to physical security
  • Surveillance cameras, sensors: can record and track movements, change in environment
  • Assess control (smart card, biometric): to allow only authorized personnel in a restricted area

BBRSS is the industry expert in building physical security planning, advising, and products.  We can help in analyzing your building and its security. 

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