26 October 2020
Some buildings are more attractive to
potential thieves and vandals than others. If your organisation’s premises
house high value assets or the building itself is listed and requires
particular protection, it may require a higher level of security than other
sites. Alongside a tailored access control system and CCTV network, there are
extra steps an organisation can take to ensure site security remains as robust
Here are four ways to improve security for
high value buildings.
Review your security systems regularly
Any organisation with a high security
premises should have a rated access
control system in place, such
as National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Gold, designed to meet their unique site needs. Access
control hardware may range from gates, barriers and turnstiles controlled by access readers to electronic door locks
and exit buttons, monitors and intercoms. Whatever the access control system setup,
the solution should be built to protect a site’s particular security
weaknesses, with integrated software that streamlines site-wide people
Then there’s CCTV – a vital component of site
security for high value premises. Today’s CCTV systems offer unrivalled
visibility, safeguarding and peace of mind for organisations that need to
monitor activity on and around a site. Today’s
offering not only records what is going on but can highlight as its happening.
Implementing access control and CCTV solutions
is only half the challenge though. Organisations must also ensure that these
security measures remain fit for purpose over time as their requirements
change, which means regularly reviewing the systems, as well as the surrounding
infrastructure that supports them, such as a WiFi network. This is why it’s
crucial to partner with a security tech supplier that provides a complete
end-to-end service, from design and specification through to installation,
training and ongoing support. At Touchstar, we work with our customers to
continually review their solutions and upgrade them with latest updates and new
functionality, for systems that grow alongside their operations.
Assign a security officer
When security is a top priority, it can be
beneficial to give a trusted team member the role of security officer. This
doesn’t mean turning one of your employees into a security guard or a security
expert, but rather placing the responsibility of project managing site security
with one particular person.
This staff member should oversee all things
security, such as keeping on top of who has access to building keys and security
information, being the main point of contact for service providers, and managing
security systems maintenance.
Not having someone to take on this role can
mean these sorts of tasks slip through the cracks, so it’s a very worthwhile
measure to take.
Monitor changes to your site
On large sites, or those with multiple
buildings, it’s easy for even a small change to suddenly threaten your site
security. Trees and shrubs can grow to obscure the view of CCTV cameras,
exterior building damage could impair a camera mount, particularly on older
buildings, and renovation work can pose a significant security risk, literally
leaving your building open to intruders.
It’s important to continually consider both
planned and unplanned site changes in relation to security, so that any
necessary developments to your access control and/or CCTV systems can be made.
Plan for IT system updates
control and CCTV systems rely on a wireless cloud-based infrastructure, which
makes the status of a WiFi network integral to premises security.
Any work on the WiFi, such as system
updates or maintenance, can therefore directly affect the security systems, so
it’s vital to plan for these events and ensure as little downtime as possible. This
is especially important if your site has multiple buildings and/or a remote
Alternatively, opting for closed network
security systems, as we recommend our customers do here at Touchstar, ensures
that even if there is a wider network outage, access control systems and CCTV
cameras are not impacted.
For expert help designing and implementing
security systems for high value buildings, look no further than Touchstar. Get in touch with us today to
find out more about our access control and CCTV
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES
Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.
In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director. As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.