For facilities management teams, security remains a top priority, as crime levels but also ‘terror attacks’ and other events, continue to highlight the importance of having a comprehensive security strategy in place.
Security threats can come in many different shapes and forms and the potential cost to business can be substantial. According to Home Office statistics, 28% of UK businesses have been affected by burglary in recent years, while 12% of firms experience a burglary every single year. (source Abloy)
When it comes to the physical assets of a business, there are three key areas of operation that need protection – people, property and premises. And according to Paul Howe, MD of Venture Security, the lack of a comprehensive and up-to-date security strategy can be an expensive mistake to make.
Paul commented: “We have been working with FM teams for over a decade now, and the reality is that for any type of business, it can take just seconds for a crime to be committed. While you will never be able to completely eradicate all risk, it’s vital you don’t make it easy for any would-be criminal.
"Facilities management security is about putting in place layers of protection that together combine to stop, or as a minimum slow, a would-be criminal in their tracks. You also need to ensure you are compliant with all legal obligations and duties of care you might have towards employees and site visitors.
“A key step in the process is to put together a physical security strategy and review it regularly, along with keeping abreast of all relevant regulations, to ensure you’re providing the strongest possible defence.”
FIVE STEPS TO CREATING A PHYSICAL SECURITY STRATEGY
COMPLETE GUIDE FOR FACILITIES MANAGERS: USING AN EXTERNAL SECURITY PROVIDER
Based on the insights of facilities security experts, we have put together a comprehensive, free guide for FMs. It covers the key questions and considerations that need to be made when it comes to workplace security and the procurement of external security services.
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There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing a security provider. You’ll want to ensure you make the right decision and can feel confident that your needs and expectations will be met.
Depending on your individual business needs, and the type and frequency of services you require, there will be certain key questions you should ask of a prospective supplier.
Choosing a security provider is an important decision for any business to make. When you’re placing the safety of your premises, equipment and staff in someone else’s hands, you need to know it is a firm you can trust. The last thing you want is to be won over by promises that are never delivered on.
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