It is more important than ever to ensure your business is fully secure. This doesn’t just mean securing the actual building itself, it also includes the perimeter surrounding your premises.
Think of the perimeter of your business like the skin on your body, it surrounds and protects everything within it. It is vital that your business property is kept secure at all times. This means regularly assessing the premises and its perimeter, to look for weak spots every few months, and checking things like security cameras and fencing (to make sure there are no holes).
Regularly checking your security is the only way you can keep out trespassers, intruders and potential thieves. If you’re moving into a new business premises, securing the perimeter should be one of the first things you do.
A perimeter will help to protect data and information, which may be the most valuable asset your business has. Moreover, as a business you are legally obliged to protect any data you hold on your customers, vendors etc. If someone were to steal that data you might find your business is unable to continue trading and/or, you might find yourself in a lawsuit for not protecting the information properly. Both of these will have a negative financial impact on your business.
The perimeter will also protect your premises from damages, destruction, vandalism and complete loss. If someone destroys your business premises, how will your business continue to trade? Would it need to stop entirely? For many businesses the answer to this is yes – without a premises they cannot trade.
As well as protecting the premises and data you store, a perimeter will also help to protect your assets. Things like the physical money, the technology, machinery, furniture, etc, are all appealing to the average burglar. Having insurance is great, but ideally you want to prevent these things getting stolen in the first place, to avoid any interruption to your business.
In summary, here are the 5 D’s of perimeter security. A perimeter should:
1. Deter people from trying to enter your premises.
2. Detect unauthorised intruders.
3. Deny unauthorised personnel access to your property.
4. Delay access for intruders.
5. Defend your premises.