If you have a physical location with employees or products you are responsible for safeguarding, you need to prioritise your business’ security. In this article, we will cover how barriers can secure your business and the other necessary steps in creating a safe environment at your work.
What is a security barrier?
A security barrier is a physical structure that prevents access to areas for unauthorised personnel. These structures are a way of securing a location with or without needing employees around.
Security barriers are designed to protect people, property, and assets from unauthorised access or theft. In certain circumstances, they can even be naturally occurring. Examples of this include bodies of water and bushes.
Manufactured products exist that are much more effective than natural barriers. Arm barriers, removable barriers and static barriers provide a high level of protection to a business, due to their durable materials.
The three key barriers and their uses
Each security barrier has certain situations they work better in. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect from each one.
Arm barriers regulate and control vehicle access. Because of their long arms, they can effectively stop cars from passing by if they aren’t allowed access. Therefore, we highly recommend them for commercial properties or even residential properties that have a car park.
With removable barriers, they can be partially lifted to allow quick vehicle access or can be completely removed. Therefore they are great for limiting pedestrians and vehicles into certain areas.
Static barriers are the cheapest and lowest maintenance option, this is because they can only disrupt traffic, which does limit their uses. However, it also means there’s never a situation where their intended purpose fails. That being said, they are great for protecting pedestrians from being hit by cars or preventing damage to machinery.
The benefits of security barriers and posts
Security barriers and posts host many benefits. Thieves are opportunists, meaning they are constantly looking out for areas with a weak amount of security. Having posts and barriers up shows your focus on creating a protected location.
More than a visual deterrent, barriers and posts create a physical way of preventing access for unauthorised personnel.
Another benefit is how it can reduce the anxiety of staff. An example of this is installing an arm barrier in your company car park. By blocking access to cars from entering or leaving, without permission, your staff won’t be concerned about their car being stolen. This is particularly important if you have staff on your commercial site for a full working day.
How do I keep my business property secure?
Placement is essential and a well-placed barrier physically limits theft of vehicles and can make it harder for a vehicle to park close to your business. However, there are more ways of making your business secure.
Installing CCTV provides you with a deterrent and a way of catching and prosecuting criminals. With CCTV, you can actively have someone watch multiple areas at the same time, which can be highly beneficial if you have a commercial property that has multiple floors or lots of areas for thieves to hide. Criminals often look for blind spots not covered by security cameras, so make sure your coverage has few blind spots or where you need it most.
2. Security guards
Having a security guard on site means they can focus on making sure you are safe while you and the rest of your staff carry on with day-to-day tasks. They are also aware of any shoplifting laws and can follow the necessary procedures if you have a thief on your premises. Additionally, they can be at your commercial property at antisocial hours when nobody else is around.
3. Alarm system
An alarm system is one of the most necessary methods for creating safe commercial property. A monitored alarm system will the police when it goes off and chosen members of staff. Additionally, the sound of an alarm can rattle thieves causing them to quickly leave your premises, potentially dropping anything they have lifted.
4. Hide valuables
Hide any valuable assets you have on the premises that aren’t in regular use. Then for any assets that are expensive and in regular use make sure they are monitored.
Do you need planning permission for security cameras and posts?
Typically with security barriers and posts, you do not need planning permission if it is on your own private property. However, there are certain situations where you do need permission, here’s a list:
- If you plan to install security barriers over 2 metres high
- If the property is in a conservation area or deemed as a ‘listed building’
- If you plan to put security barriers in an area that has an open plan that doesn’t
With security cameras, you can use them on your commercial property as long as you follow data protection laws. To do this you need to:
- Display a visible sign that shows your commercial property has CCTV in use and the reason for it
- Give police access to your footage when needed
- Make sure you are paying a data protection fee
How secure is your business?
To find out how secure your business is, you need to adopt the mindset of a thief or someone who is willing to cause damage to your property, employees or you. This means you need to consider how well trained you and your staff are to handle dangerous situations. Not only this, but you need to think of what you have at your business to protect you and your staff. If you are running a larger-scale company, it could be valuable to hire trained professionals to look after you.
Having CCTV, security barriers and a solid alarm system is the absolute minimum for any commercial property. Without them, you are putting yourself and others at risk.
How to can create a safe environment at work
To create a safe environment at work for free you need to train your employees. You should carry out safety training once when a new employee starts and then once every 4 months as a group.
During the group training sessions, you can ask your employees are there are any issues that make them feel unsafe and get their ideas.
There should always be a plan in place in the event of an emergency. Your plan should include:
- A place to meet
- Exits to take
- What items if any should be grabbed
- A member of staff should report when safe
Bison Security Posts
At Bison Security Posts, we sell security barriers and CCTV to protect your business or venue. Then with our optional installation service, we can help you if you want it fitted by an expert.
If you need help picking out the right model for you or have any further questions call 01708 956833.