Inside and Out
Who Is at Risk?
Determine your facility’s susceptibility to theft by taking an
honest look at what might appeal to a perpetrator. Whether
the thief is a burglar or an employee, the items most likely to be
stolen are valuable and relatively small – think laptops, printer
cartridges or mobile devices, explains Tom Noble, Vice President
of Security at Quest Consultants. Copper and other metals with a
high resale value are also a high priority.
“A bigger problem for some facilities is that the vandalism
aspect is going to be destructive,” Noble says. “If they break
water pipes or try to steal the copper piping from a refrigeration
or air conditioning system, you can have thousands of dollars of
damage done over a few hundred dollars worth of copper.”
Noble recommends putting yourself in the thief’s position and
looking at your facility to see what you could steal and how.
“You’re looking for vulnerabilities, like where there might be
dead spots for a camera or places where someone could hide,”
Noble adds. “See if the contacts on doors and windows are worn
How to mitigate risk for your people, property and products
How safe are your building’s most valuable assets? You may be vulnerable to theft, whether that’s coming from burglars infiltrating from outside or an
employee stealing from inside. You’ve
worked hard to run your building
efficiently and cost-effectively, so
don’t let it become a target for theft.
Protect your assets with common-sense strategies.