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  • Writer's pictureSam Wilks

Rethinking Building Design: A Comprehensive Interior Security Checklist

In the complex task of designing a building that effectively thwarts criminal intent and internal disruptions, there is a fundamental necessity to meticulously evaluate each component of the interior layout. The process commences with the strategic placement of the payroll office—a critical area given its financial implications.

The security framework extends to managing cash reserves, including their overnight storage, necessitating a thorough inspection of all security measures in place. Equally pivotal is the arrangement for vehicle parking within the complex, coupled with rigorous staff oversight of all entry points, thereby eliminating undue complexity in corridor layouts, which can serve as potential hideouts or escape routes.

For visitors, stringent controls are necessary. Restrictions on their movement within the building, the allocation of special elevators, and the limitation of access points are crucial measures. The location and configuration of the reception desk become strategic, ensuring it oversees vulnerable zones where expensive equipment and inventory reside.

Turning to custodial quarters, these should not only be appropriately located but also equipped with phones and other security devices, ensuring they can be fully secured after hours. The same rigour applies to staff quarters, which must be designed to prevent unauthorised access and safeguard against internal threats.

In industrial settings, the layout must be engineered to counter potential vandalism. Utilities like electric, water, and gas meters are best integrated into exterior walls to facilitate maintenance while ensuring security.

For public buildings like department stores, security measures are manifold, from physical barriers that aid disabled individuals to sophisticated surveillance systems like closed-circuit television, which must be linked to alarms and monitored continuously. Intrusion and fire alarm panels should be easily accessible to expedite emergency responses, while round-the-clock lighting enhances visibility and deters crime.

The challenge extends to residential areas within buildings. Measures to avoid over-density and mitigate risks like fires or floods are imperative. Maintaining clear and secure trash chutes, storage areas, and basements can reduce vandalism. Enhanced key security systems, locked foyers, and vandal-proof mailboxes are additional necessities that address security in tenants’ storage areas.

Finally, the demographic makeup of the building's occupants—whether it pertains to economic class, race, age, or culture—must be considered, influencing the security strategies deployed to cater to the unique needs and dynamics of the building’s population.

In essence, a robust interior security checklist not only safeguards physical assets and individuals but also crafts an environment that preemptively mitigates potential threats through strategic design and thorough planning. This approach ensures that every building is not just a structure but a fortress against both overt and covert threats.

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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