As the manager of an office building, your employees’ and clients’ safety should be your number one priority.
There are so many potential hazards that could jeopardize their safety and security, such as fires, trespassers, thieves, vandals, and computer hackers.
If you do not take the necessary steps to maintain your building’s safety, someone could get hurt.
Either that or you could suffer property damage or have your property or data get stolen. Below are the top six tips for keeping your building safe. Then you can help avoid these kinds of problems from happening in your building.
1) Security Patrols
Security patrols put licensed and trained security professionals on the inner and outer grounds of your building.
Each security patroller will have an assigned area to monitor on your property. If they spot anyone trespassing on it, they will take the appropriate action to restrain them.
The number of security patrollers needed will depend on the size of your building. Large buildings with several floors will require more security. But if you have the ground level secured, that is the most critical area to patrol.
2) CCTV Surveillance
Security patrollers cannot be everywhere at once. If you have a building with several different entrances and exits, you should monitor those areas with CCTV surveillance.
Each entry and exit would need to have a surveillance camera installed so that you can watch it remotely.
CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. It allows you to watch any area of your building that you want on closed-circuit television.
Although these days, you can view the video feed on your smartphone and save it to your cloud server. You can even do this from any place with a Wi-Fi connection.
3) Alarm System
An alarm system is essential to have for any office building. Even if you have security patrollers and CCTV surveillance, they might not always spot trespassers in real-time.
But with an alarm system, it will emit a loud sound to alert the security and the police that an unauthorized person is present in the building.
There are different types of alarm systems. Some alarms are triggered if someone crosses an invisible laser beam without turning it off.
Other alarms are triggered if the proper authorization code is not entered on a keypad within a short time upon entering the building. Choose whichever security method is right for you.
4) Advanced Security Systems
We are living in a digital age. Thieves do not always enter through the doors of your building anymore.
Now they try to use digital technology to access private data on computer servers to steal personal information from people.
This information could include names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, banking information, and so on.
Make sure your office building has an advanced security system installed for its computer technology.
All servers and storage devices with sensitive information must be protected from outside hackers.
5) Authorized Visitors Only
If you let visitors into your building, they must be authorized visitors only. That means the visitors must have an appointment or verifiable reason to be in the building. Whether it’s visiting observers, customers, clients, post construction cleaners, inspection bodies or regular staff, each will need to be authorised.
In the front lobby of your building, have your visitors sign-in on a digital visitor logger system. Then you can audit each person who comes in and out of your building.
If you do this, you will always know who is in your facility and why they are there.
6) Keep Your Building Brightly Lit
For safety and security purposes, your building should remain brightly lit on the inside
That does not mean you have to blind people with bright LED lights. Just keep it bright enough so that the building’s interior and exterior can be seen clearly.
It will also help the surveillance cameras capture and record clear footage as well.