Security Checklist: Internal vs. External
Looking at beefing up your building’s security? Start with this checklist to make sure you’re accounting
for all the basics.
Restrict who has access to arm and disarm codes for security
systems. Consider giving out individual access codes so that
you can see exactly who accessed a given area.
Make sure all doors and windows are in good repair.
If you provide keys, only give them to people who need them
for their jobs, such as people who open or close the building
Use solid, well-installed locks on all doors and replace any
that are starting to deteriorate. Use high-quality padlocks for
overhead and receiving doors.
Use an access control system. Access cards are difficult to
copy and are cheaper and easier to replace than keys.
Light the exterior with fixtures that are difficult to reach or
tamper with, especially at any entries. Motion sensors that
activate additional lighting can be a powerful deterrent.
Use security cameras that record video to monitor any areas
where money is kept and where valuable equipment is used
or stored. Review the footage regularly. Install large, clearly
worded signs to make sure people know that cameras are
Trim any heavy vegetation that could obstruct views
or offer a hiding place to a criminal.
Link your camera system to a smartphone or tablet so you
can remotely keep an eye on your business. Tie it to a professionally monitored alarm system that will watch your facility
when you can’t.
Add a fence around your property and keep it in good
condition. Gates should be locked with padlocks.
Maintain a closed-door policy for warehouses and other
Conceal external wiring with cable conduits or other means
so that intruders can’t cut the wires to your security and telephone communications.
Institute policies against piggybacking (letting someone into
a secure area behind you) and propping doors open.
Install bollards in front of entrances and window banks. Use
bars, gates or protective film on windows to keep them from
or old and where they might not be func-
tioning. Determine if the camera system is
working. I examined the perimeter of one
location and they had very nice cameras
on the perimeter, but the access points for
the cameras were in an unlocked box that
was readily accessible from the outside of
the building, which meant that I could go
and disconnect them and you’d only see a
black screen. Look at what you have and
how to protect it.”
Glass is a red flag that your business is
easy to infiltrate, adds John Bocker, NSSF
Security Consultant Team Member and
Managing Director at JB Group, LLC, a
business security and strategy consul-
tancy. Buildings with large windows or
glass curtainwall need to take extra steps
to ensure safety, like shoring up the glass
with additional protection.
“I’ve investigated over 300 burglaries
in the last 30 years, and it always comes
down to how much you have between you
and the bad guy,” Bocker explains. “All
cameras and alarms do is tell you when
something happened and who may have
done it. They don’t prevent the criminal
from gaining entry. How many layers of
protection are between what you value
most and the intruder?”
Investigate Indoor Protection
Start fortifying your building against
theft by identifying your high-value items
and making sure they’re covered with
security cameras, Noble recommends.
“These should be not just cameras that
give an overview of the area, but cameras
with a sufficient resolution that you can
make out a face and recognize a person,”
Noble adds. “You’ve probably seen it on
TV – even some bank security cameras
create absolutely worthless photographs.
You want a picture that’s going to let you
identify the person. You also want to have
coverage at the entrance and exit and