Three common site security mistakes

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Security is a universal need. Today, headlines emphasise the dangers of digital spies and phishing attacks, which, while valid, tends to overshadow the perpetual danger of physical attacks. No matter how innocuous your business activities may be, intruders will target you for the objective of hardware theft, reconnaissance or even simple acts of vandalisation. Increasingly sophisticated solutions are needed to address the risk of site penetration.

When attempting to secure a site, the following mistakes are often made:

Not investing in technology

Evolution is expensive. Many sites retain decades-old cameras, crumbling fences and archaic CCTV systems for the sake of conserving budget. Aside from the obvious financial risk should these security failures be taken advantage of, the lack of updated technology can lead to double-handling and poor communication. Without an integrated security system, there is little to no ability to consolidate various security components. An integrated system can save costs thanks to its ability to work in tangent with its multiple facets. For example, a perimeter security RADAR system can work alongside CCTV to identify targets and determine the necessity of sounding the alarm.

Failing to be proactive

It is easy to hire a security guard and wait for a break-in. It is even easier to implement a perimeter intruder detection system (PIDS), which constantly monitors a site’s perimeter and senses an invasion from its inception. Some systems can be placed in a linear fashion, surrounding a site. In other cases, a proactive security audit can analyse potential attack methods and create a more strategic system layout, targeting at-risk points of entry in order to better determine an intruder’s location.

Relying on scare tactics

Ominous signs and barbed wire fencing have their benefits, as would-be intruders might be swayed by their presence. But visible security methods have downsides that correlate with their upsides – namely, they can be observed and destroyed. Bearing this in mind, more discreet security tactics are worth considering. Pulse monitored fencing (also known as electric fencing) works by sending regulated electrical pulses along the fence. It is an active solution that both deters and detects intruders, as the risk of electric shock is high and the potential for sabotage is low. An electrified perimeter security system can also be integrated easily into CCTV, creating a holistic security solution suitable for almost any environment.

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