It’s not uncommon for business professionals or event coordinators to feel overwhelmed when it comes to identifying the appropriate safety and security measures for their organization. In most cases a business has rapidly grown and in addition to more employees and increased revenue there are also additional risks to the company. In fact, many executives and managers don’t even give safety and security much thought until a legitimate threat has presented itself. Just because you are the expert at running your business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be the expert in protecting it. So where then do you start?
As a Security and Protection expert with extensive experience in the military, anti-terrorism and private security contracting, I’ve taken the liberty of braking down the three key objectives to establishing a safe and secure organization. Whether you’re just a small operation, planning an event or a large Fortune 500 company, the same principals apply; Prepare, Prevent and Protect. The degree to which you apply each each of these objectives will vary depending on several factors such as the size of your organization, your industry, employee turnover and even geographical location.
- Have a professional risk assessment conducted by a qualified security firm.
This is paramount to establishing where your greatest vulnerabilities lie. A comprehensive risk assessment should provide you with a clear picture of safety concerns pertaining to both the property and procedures of your business.
- Ensure your emergency policies and procedures are updated and reviewed bi-annually.
Well established policies and procedures not only protect your organization form damaging litigation, they also provide unity and structure to an otherwise chaotic situation.
- Conduct and make records of employee emergency response training.
Some great examples of emergency response courses include; active shooter response, CPR & AED certification, verbal and physical de-escalation, Fire and tornado procedures.
- Install window hardening film on lower level glass to prevent break-ins.
Intruders will attempt to capitalize on the path of least resistance to get in and out as quickly as possible. Window hardening film is a proven deterrent by denying potential avenues of opportunity.
- Control building access with key fobs and emergency door alarms.
In addition to restricting facility access from unknown personnel, key fobs give you the ability to track who’s coming and going, doors left ajar and control over employee permissions for different levels of access.
- Maintain client and employee personally identifiable information (PII) in a secure location with restricted access.
Improper storage of sensitive information can result in stolen identities, lawsuits and damage to your company’s reputation.
- Establish overwatch protection with professional grade surveillance cameras.
If possible, opt for monitored surveillance over recorded. Recording only surveillance systems are entirely reactive. Recordings alone rarely lead to an arrest and are only reviewed once the crime has taken place. Obversely, live monitoring is a proactive approach to apprehending would-be criminals before the loss of life or property occurs.
- Contract uniformed or plain clothes armed Protection Specialists.
Contracting a private security firm to handle the armed protection of your organization is the best way to mitigate potential threats while also transferring liability and insurance cost to an entity outside of your company.
Written by: JT Pharr | US Marine Corps Veteran