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SECURITY MONTH: Our guide to selecting the best partners

Mitigating security risks requires a partnership approach, and selecting the right physical security provider is crucial. Here are our top tips to help you source trusted partners and build a successful working relationship

1. Conduct a Thorough Security Risk Assessment:

Before embarking on your search, conduct a comprehensive security risk assessment of your facility. This evaluation should consider factors like the building’s layout, access points, potential security vulnerabilities, and the specific needs of your tenants or occupants. A thorough assessment helps tailor your security solutions and ensures your chosen partner can address your most pressing concerns.

2. Prioritise Expertise and Experience:

Security threats are constantly evolving, and your physical security partner should be well-equipped to handle them. Look for providers with a proven track record in your industry sector. Do they have experience securing buildings similar to yours (e.g., offices, retail spaces, educational institutions)? Seek partners with qualified security professionals on staff,including security consultants, engineers, and installation technicians.

3. Evaluate the Security Solutions Offered:

A comprehensive security system combines physical and technological elements. Consider the range of solutions offered by potential partners. This could include:

  • Access Control Systems: Restricting access to authorized personnel through swipe cards, key fobs, or biometric authentication.
  • CCTV Cameras: Providing real-time surveillance of common areas, entrances, and perimeters. Consider options like high-definition cameras or automated license plate recognition (ALPR) for vehicle access control.
  • Intruder Alarms: Deterring unauthorized entry and alerting security personnel to potential breaches.
  • Perimeter Security: Securing external areas with fencing, security gates, and well-lit pathways.
  • Security Patrols: Providing a visible deterrent and ensuring a rapid response to security incidents.

4. Seek Seamless Integration and User-Friendliness:

Modern security systems leverage technology. Look for partners offering solutions that integrate seamlessly with your existing building management systems. Prioritize user-friendly interfaces for access control systems and ensure all staff (including security personnel) are adequately trained on their operation and emergency procedures.

5. Focus on Maintenance and Ongoing Support:

Security is an ongoing process. Choose a partner offering comprehensive maintenance plans for your security systems.This ensures optimal performance and timely repairs in the event of malfunctions. Look for providers with 24/7 emergency support hotlines, ensuring a rapid response to security incidents.

Building a Strong Partnership:

Beyond selecting a provider with the right solutions, fostering a strong working relationship is key. Here’s what to consider:

  • Open Communication: Maintain open communication channels with your chosen partner. Schedule regular meetings to discuss security concerns, system performance, and future needs.
  • Collaboration: Involve your security partner in strategic security planning discussions. Their expertise can be invaluable in identifying potential risks and developing preventative measures.
  • Adaptability: The security landscape evolves. Partner with a provider that demonstrates a willingness to adapt their solutions to fit your evolving needs and building security requirements.

By following these top tips, senior Facilities Managers can navigate the landscape of physical security partners with confidence. This empowers them to select a trusted advisor who can deliver a comprehensive security solution, build a strong working relationship, and ultimately create a safe and secure environment for your building and its occupants.

Are you searching for security solutions for your organisation? The FM Forum can help!

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