29 September 2017
Access control failings and how to prevent them
As much as we’d all like to fully trust those around us,
there will always be some people who have malicious intentions – so you need to
protect your premises. The key is to invest wisely in security, and more
Even when you have security in mind, though, there are
pitfalls to consider; pitfalls that many organisations are still falling foul
of today. Below are some of the most obvious failings, and a few tips on how to
Relying on poor-quality CCTV
As we’ve discussed before, CCTV can go a long way to
protecting your business, but not all systems are created equal. Take the
cameras used by police in public places, for example – there has long been debate over the quality of footage these offer, and how useful it is
when trying to solve crimes.
Police insiders have also raised questions about how well forces use the material they gather, suggesting
more could be done to protect the public and companies like yours from harm.
Armed with this kind of knowledge, some criminals will no doubt be encouraged
to take their chances.
The answer is to take security into your own hands by
implementing a high-quality and reliable CCTV solution – one that allows you to
keep a close eye on your premises at all times, both internally and externally.
It’s understandable that in some environments – especially
those where there’s nothing obvious to gain - you might assume safety. Who
would act maliciously in a hospital, for
example? Or a school?
This tendency for people to relax too much in non-commercial environments means
that many end up unprotected, and the consequences
can be seriously damaging.
It’s important that any space where people gather – be it a
workplace, school or public facility – is made safe and secure. A
carefully-chosen and expertly-configured access control system is the best way
to achieve proper protection. By bringing together various security measures
into one connected system, you’re able to closely monitor movements on and
nearby the premises, while preventing unauthorised access when necessary. The
result is a much safer environment for staff, patients, students and anyone
else at risk of criminal activity.
Leaving staff ill-prepared
Even when you implement your own state-of-the-art access
control system, it’s important that you – and your staff – know how to get the
most out of it. Install without warning and measures like barriers,
scanners and card
readers could disrupt more than they protect your staff.
Be clear from day one about what’s changing on the premises
and how those changes will affect staff. Prepare cards and credentials well in
advance, and organise practice runs with everyone who’ll eventually use the new
system. Explain as well why an access control system is being installed and how it will benefit everyone; if you can
get the team on board at the start, they’re more likely to follow the processes
properly in future.
Looking for help?
If you’re still not sure how to go about protecting your
business and employees, fear not – we’re here to help. With more than 40 years
of in-house experience, TouchStar is ready to answer all your security
questions. So, to find out more about our extensive range of access control technologies, get in touch today.