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Anticipating Crime Risk - A Proactive Approach to Building Security



In the realm of ensuring security, the initial measure must always be to engage with the occupants of a building complex. Their insights and daily experiences are indispensable in forming a complete assessment of the potential vulnerabilities that may exist. Following this, a meticulous identification of zones within the complex that contain sensitive or high-value items is necessary. Such items may range from safes to sophisticated audiovisual equipment, marking them as primary targets for criminal activity. Concurrently, an evaluation of the required level of protection is crucial.


The essence of the building itself provides significant cues to its past uses and abuses, revealed through an examination of the facility’s characteristics and 'personality'. One must consider whether the handling of cash within these premises necessitates secure transport to banking institutions, and whether there is a central concentration or a broad distribution of valuables within the complex. This analysis aids in pinpointing the areas most susceptible to crime and guiding recommendations to reinforce these points against potential breaches.


In an effort to streamline security, it is advisable to minimise the number of entrances. This strategy not only reduces the flow of staff and visitors but also mitigates potential security breaches. Further, understanding the surrounding area’s crime risk, the extent of police patrolling, and the proximity to local police and fire stations enriches the security strategy with critical contextual data.


Moreover, the compliance of materials used in the complex with local, state, and national standards should not be overlooked, as this forms the foundation of a safe and secure environment. The reliability, intelligence, and dependability of the personnel tasked with cleaning and securing the premises during the day and night are equally vital, as is a keen observation of employee behaviour. Each of these elements contributes to a robust strategy, preempting criminal activities and ensuring a secure atmosphere for all occupants.


In sum, anticipating and managing crime risk involves a thorough and systematic evaluation of both the physical environment and the human elements within it. By integrating the insights gained from such an analysis, one can formulate an effective security strategy that not only anticipates potential threats but also fortifies the complex against them.


From the author.



The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.


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