As the economy slowly begins to open again, business owners could be forgiven for taking their premises security measures for granted as they stay focused on keeping their business running.
However, even though you have your security alarm installed on your premises, with the CCTV and fire alarms in tow, it is essential that you take the time now to book a security audit.
Ultimately the audit is there to protect you, your business and your staff. It assesses the physical security of the premises, identifying any vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.
As well as reviewing the physical elements of your security system, our audits also open the opportunity to review the business security policies to check that the security systems are being used to their optimum ability.
A security policy document highlights possible risks to the business and the agreed steps to mitigate incidents, such as lock-up procedures.
There are a couple of key areas to note regarding a security audit; access control, intruder prevention, CCTV and fire safety.
How is access to your building managed? Do all staff have an ID badge? What is the policy for when a staff member no longer works for you? How are your visitors handled when they arrive for meetings?
These are just some of the questions to consider.
Depending on the sensitivity of your business, the level of security may vary. Still, it’s crucial to have the basics in place and to have it recorded in your procedures manual.
At Wilson Security, we offer access control systems in two forms;
- Our Standalone System is an offline unit that uses a pin or fob to grant access in and out of buildings. This system is used widely in smaller businesses.
- The Network Access Control System is an online system offering flexibility to the workplace, giving different access levels depending on the individual or group.
A critical area that we observe in our audits are the alarm systems. We test them to ensure that all sensors are functioning correctly, that all access points in the building are covered and check if items should as the alarm code need to be updated.
We work with our clients to assess their security needs ensuring that they have the most effective security solution that meets their budget and security needs.
All of our systems are certified and insurance legislation compliant.
Video surveillance adds an extra layer of protection to your business. We inspect the lens to ensure they are clear of any special friends (spiders particularly like to set up camp there!). We also ensure that they are still located for optimum monitoring and that they are operating correctly.
Our certified CCTV systems enable our clients to stay connected with their business and monitor activity no matter where they are, giving peace of mind.
It is regulatory that the fire alarms are tested in the business every week by the owner to ensure they are working.
Every three months and certainly now, as employees return to the office, a fire drill should be conducted to ensure that everyone is clear on procedures.
At Wilson Security, we commit to periodic testing of your system for re-certification by our qualified engineers ensuring comprehensive fire safety is upheld for your business.
We hope that this article has given you food for thought about your premises physical security and your security procedures.
To arrange your security audit or learn more about how we can support businesses like yours, get in touch with our team today.