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April 6, 2022

The Importance of Securing a Perimeter

Perimeters in a security setting are complicated.

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Perimeters in a security setting are complicated. They serve as both physical reminders of property edges, and as mental stopping points for guards and criminals. Keeping this perimeter secure and maintained is key to ensuring maximum deterrence. It also can help make your job considerably easier. So how do you go about creating and securing a perimeter? We’re here to explain it all.

Creating a Physical Boundary

Not every company is going to like the look of tall, imposing fences. While these can come in handy in certain areas, or for certain organizations, their intimidation factor can also deter customers. Luckily, other options exist. For instance, trees and shrubs can often serve as basic property lines, and they add to the aesthetic of your building. By placing them strategically, you can effectively create a path to guide customers where you want them to go. Plants will also show signs of damage if they’ve been walked through, allowing you to track possible suspicious movement.

Other times physical boundaries are more abstract, like the edge of a road or a landmark. While less helpful for customers, these work as long as your team is able to understand where the property begins and finishes.

In addition to landmarks, tech has been created nowadays that allows for a sort of invisible barrier. From sensors that tell you when someone has entered a new area, to camera sightlines and even motion-sensored lights. These are a great way to use your barrier to deter would be criminals rather than guide guests.

Why is a Perimeter So Important?

As we stated before, a perimeter can be great for guests to understand the space they’re allowed in, and to deter criminals. However, perimeters make a security officer’s job infinitely easier. There are even options to automate a response to intruders based on the type of perimeter you have set up. If a guard is on patrol in a different area, automated responses can trigger lights, alarms, cameras and more to frighten off intruders while alerting personnel. This can especially come in handy for teams that have very regular routes and shifts that can be learned.

Truly the best way to create and maintain a secure perimeter varies based on organization and teams. That being said, integrating some technology with basic patrols is always a good idea. Perimeters are a necessity for any home or business looking to start protecting themselves in the most basic way, and will cut down on the stress of trying to cover too big of an area. The more secure the perimeter, the safer the location.

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