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September 24, 2021

The Basics of Creating and Maintaining Security for Your Organization

Every business is as unique as its creators,  which is why there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to crafting security protocol.

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Every business is as unique as its creators,  which is why there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to crafting security protocol. Factors like location, number of employees, shift hours, and even the purpose of your business or organization can all affect potential security threats. By understanding the parts of your group that are the most vulnerable, you can begin to craft a system that works for you. ITAC specializes in helping people create security protocols based on their individual needs, so we’ve gathered some of our best tips for keeping you and your team safe that you can implement on your own.

Deterrence

Easily the most effective way to protect yourself from unwanted surveillance or attacks is to invest in deterrence tools. By making it clear that you are not an easy target, you can deter a vast majority of criminals from acting in the first place, therefore saving yourself time and money. So, what does good deterrence look like? Well, some of the best tools are the most obvious ones: proper lighting, fences, and even trimmed landscaping can make it hard for would-be criminals to sneak anywhere unseen. Posted signs stating that there are cameras recording, or an alarm in place can also be an effective method of deterrence.

Technology

Although deterrence can help prevent a vast majority of crimes,  sometimes it’s not enough. That’s where tools like tech come in. When you think of security technology, you probably think of the classic systems: surveillance cameras and alarms. These are still great investments but are by no means the only devices that are useful when protecting your organization. For instance, something as simple as door sensors that require a fob or keycard to unlock doors can be a major help, as it ensures that vulnerable doors remain locked even during the daytime. Intercoms or other communication devices that allow for fast communication with staff and customers can also be helpful in the event of an emergency. A good cybersecurity network is another great investment,  as more and more crimes are being committed either fully online or with information gained by hackers.

Security Teams

Depending on your business or organization, the idea of a security team may feel like overkill; however, even one trained security officer can make a big difference during an emergency situation. Because they are trained specifically to handle threats and protect people and valuable information and objects, security officers can ensure that all other parties can move to safety without having to be the ones to engage a criminal. The presence of a security team also works as added deterrence for perpetrators, as the idea of having to either evade or face another human is a lot riskier than simply avoiding a camera or tripping an alarm.

No matter how you choose to configure your security systems, the most important thing to do is to ensure that all staff is completely clear on what the protocol is in the event of various emergencies. Even with all the aforementioned precautions in place, an employee under stress can accidentally harm themselves or others should they interfere with or misunderstand an emergency procedure. The more knowledge and training your team go through, the better. Staff can even play an important part in crime prevention when they can understand and identify the signs of a threat, and act accordingly.

ITAC is all about helping the world become a safer place. If you’re interested in boosting security for your business or organization but don’t know where to start, let us help. Contact us online or by phone and get started today.

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