It’s probably fair to say that the vast majority of business owners and bosses think they have a pretty good handle on workplace security. If you were to ask a sample group of 100, chances are at least 95 would tell you that safety and security are their primary concerns. This, despite the fact that recorded incident rates on an annual basis seem to paint an entirely different picture. Security breaches in all manner of forms are surprisingly common across pretty much every type of business across the UK – generally resulting from workplace security lapses that don’t become apparent until it is too late.
Which is precisely why it is worth occasionally stepping back and considering if and how current security measures could be expanded or improved. Exactly to what extent security needs to be bolstered will be determined both by the business in question and how it is currently handled. Nevertheless, there are certain universally applicable tips and guidelines, which security experts suggest all business owners and managers revisit and consider from time to time.
For example, one of the first things to consider is the way in which the business handles lock-up procedures and how these lock-up procedures are verified and recorded. What’s important to remember is that the vast majority of criminals are opportunists, meaning that if you are unlucky enough to leave one window unlocked out of 250 across the premises, there’s every chance they’ll find it.
Introduce ID Cards
The introduction of workplace identity cards is something that should be considered across far more workplaces spanning multiple industries. The reason being that when it comes to particularly large or complicated workplaces, it can be fundamentally impossible for any one individual to know exactly who should and should not be permitted access to any specific area. Or perhaps, who shouldn’t be on the premises in the first place. ID cards represent an affordable and convenient way of bolstering security.
Use Only High-Quality ID Cards
That being said, if you do decide to go down this route then it is critically important to use only the highest quality security laminates, produced by those with plenty of experience and expertise. The reason being that if you introduce ID cards around the workplace that are easy to alter or forge, you could actually make the situation in terms of security considerably worse than it already is.
Don’t forget that while eco-consciousness dictates that all lights should be turned off when the workplace shuts down for the evening, light can also be one of the most powerful deterrents when it comes to preventing unauthorised entry. The more difficult you make it for criminals to hide in the dark and disguise what they’re doing, the better.
Something critically important to remember these days is that when the overwhelming majority of people hear a burglar alarm, they simply carry on walking. The reason being that far too many low-end systems are prone to going offer randomly at any given time, meaning that most people simply assume that every alarm is a false alarm. If your business or large systems are not linked directly to you yourself or some kind of emergency response service, they may be as good as useless.
Rather than assuming every member of the workforce will follow good practice guidelines without being prompted, you might want to think about implementing measures to ensure that all access passwords and credentials are changed on a regular basis. Not only this, but also checks to ensure that the passwords selected by members of the workforce are in fact suitably secure. The consequences of unauthorized systems access these days can be more catastrophic than it bears thinking about.
Last but not least, one of the most important of all tips, guidelines and processes when it comes to workplace security is that of ensuring that each and every member of the workforce is made fully aware of the fact that security is a shared responsibility that involves everyone. It does not come down to a single individual or even a group of individuals – everybody plays an important role in overall safety and security. Generate a culture of proactive awareness and you are already halfway there.