The Dangers Of Tailgating And How To Avoid It


Tailgating, also referred to as piggybacking, is a security breach that occurs when an unathorised person gains access to a secure area by following a person through a door, barrier, or gate, without the required authorisation, pass, or ticket to permit them to do so.

Although this can sometimes happen accidentally, it is often intentional. Many people tailgate to get into a secure area, which can be a serious security risk if they are accessing sensitive areas or information. Tailgating can also result in financial losses, if people are required to purchase a ticket to gain entry or to travel, such as at a museum or a train station.

Therefore, to protect your business, data, and personnel, you must have measures in place to prevent tailgating. Here we explore some of how you can avoid tailgating and the dangers that come along with it.


Employees should be trained on what to do in the event of a security breach and how to prevent it from occurring.

Advise them not to allow people into an area without seeing the required identification or pass, and to look behind them when passing through a secure door, gate, or barrier to ensure no one is following them, and to ensure that it has closed properly.


Making it a requirement for all employees or other permitted personnel to wear identification badges or other visible markers will make it easier to spot unauthorised personnel.

Advise staff to look out for anyone who does not appear to have an identification badge or marker, and to either query them or report them to security officers or management.


Having security cameras at entrances and exits can allow you to monitor who is coming and going from a building or area. As well as providing you with visuals, CCTV and signage can also act as a visual deterrent to potential trespassers.


Various types of barriers can be set up to sound an alarm when tailgating occurs, as it detects when more than one person enters at a time.

Alarms serve as a warning to intruders, as well as alerting security officers to the intrusion so that they can take action. They also alert other personnel so that they know to be vigilant or to evacuate, depending on your protocol.

Access control

Turnstiles, barriers, doors, and gates paired with access control systems can help to restrict and monitor entry into your site, building, and specific areas. Authorised personnel can be given codes, passes, or tickets to allow them in, and to keep unauthorised personnel out.

Security audits

Conducting regular security audits can help you to identify and address potential tailgating risks. Check that all security systems are working as they should and that doors, gates, and barriers close promptly to decrease the possibility of tailgating.

Tailgating is a preventable security risk, providing you have the appropriate measures in place. For professional help and advice with effectively securing your business premises, get in touch with our team of experts at Gateway Automation on 01522 682255, or email info@gatewayautomation.co.uk.

With over 40 years of combined experience and expertise, Gateway Automation offers a value-for-money service with well-engineered and high-quality security systems and barriers, manufactured to your specific requirements.

4 Physical Security threats to your business and how to prevent them

Physical security threats
There is a myriad of potential threats that can impact a business. Here we discuss some of the most common threats to businesses along with how business owners can be proactive to ensure maximum protection.

1)    Theft

Theft is one of the most common types of physical security threats a business can face but is also one of the easiest to protect against. It is a threat you should never take lightly, the reason why it is easier to protect against is that you can often predict the ways in which thieves might steal from you. You know the entrances and exits to your building for example. This allows you to invest in equipment that will improve security in these areas.

Cyber security is a huge focus for many businesses and while businesses need to tackle this severe threat; it is also important not to overlook physical security. The amount of time a company has to devote to tackle cyber security threats that have increased over the past few decades can leave resources too thin to think about physical security in as much detail. However, having strong physical security as part of your overall business security plan can also help with cyber security.

Access control systems around the entrances to your building mean that only people with the correct key card or passcode can enter. Ensure this is even more secure by considering the use of biometric fingerprint readers.
Unfortunately, many businesses also should consider that the threat of theft can be internal. Therefore, you will have to consider internal processes to help reduce this possibility, such as CCTV cameras.

2)    Vandalism

Vandalism may not be seen as a security threat; it is as it deliberately damages property. Not only does it cost money and resources to rectify the problem, it creates a bad image for the company from a physical point of view. Implementing the correct measures can reduce the risk significantly. Having strong perimeter security with use of gates, efficient lighting, CCTV and even a security guard can all help.

3)    Tailgating

Installing an access control systems can reduce the danger of unauthorised people accessing your premises. Tailgating is when an unauthorised person follows an authorised person through a secure door. It is easily done, especially during busy periods with lots of foot traffic. People could easily mistake an unauthorised visitor as a genuine visitor and hold the door open out of politeness. Investing in anti-tailgating doors or turnstiles can help reduce this problem. Always ensure employees know the correct protocol and only let in people who can prove should be there. Ensuring your visitors are given official temporary access badges can help with this.

4)    Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are difficult to plan for.  Due to the nature of floods, earthquakes and wildfires, advanced warnings can be limited and damages hard to forecast. Although we are lucky in the UK to not have high risk of major earthquakes or wildfires, we are at risk of flooding which can cause significant damage to some companies. If you are in a high flood risk area, ensure you have considered the threat when creating a security plan to try and mitigate as much of the risk as possible.

There have been threats to business security as long as businesses have existed. The concept is nothing new, it is just that new threats appear over time that businesses need to prepare for. The good news is, that our level or protection has also advanced over the years. There are a suite of devices and systems that can help improve security. If a business is not prepared for these security threats, then both their company and it’s employees can be adversely affected as a result.
Having a comprehensive business security plan is the first step to ensuring that you have made the necessary precautions to ensure your businesses’ security.

To find out more about we can help you improve your business’ security, please contact us on 01522 682255 for a free, no obligation call and feasibility survey to assess your business needs.

Turnstiles – an alternative to manned security

gateway blog 79One of the favoured options for perimeter access among UK businesses is that of turnstiles. They provide not only a robust and secure method of controlling the entry and exit of employees and visitors on to a site but also reduce the need for costly security personnel.

Where turnstiles come into their own, is their ability to prevent tailgating. While your typical door can quite easily be fitted with access control equipment like locks, keypads and other more complicated digital entry tools, they cannot control how long that door stays open and can’t stop someone from quickly entering behind someone else.

The problem of tailgating can of course be solved by employing full time manned guards and reception staff to process any visitors. However, the question often arises as to how practical this is in terms of cost to employ several guards rotating shifts to cover the hours your premises are open. Security guards are quite often the number one security related cost at commercial premises.

Instead, a better solution tends to be to install robust turnstiles with anti-pass back features that prevent tailgaters and the ‘passing back’ of any security cards or fobs used for entry. What’s more, these high-tech and robust barriers provide an effective deterrent to opportunistic criminals who might otherwise take their chances on trying to force entry.

Here at Gateway we provide a variety of turnstile solutions. Waist & half height turnstiles offer a stylish and modern looking security solution for protecting a site, allowing customers to feel safe but never intimidated by security measures.

They can be integrated with a number of different access control options including proximity cards, tokens, keypad entry and voice/video intercom control and can be customised to meet your needs.

We offer 4 different styles of waist & half height turnstiles including the TriFlo console, TriFlo Premier, TriFlo Sentry and Rotogate SI as well as the GA4000FH Full Height Turnstile.

We also provide free feasibility surveys to assess your requirements and non-obligation quotes. Click here to request a quote or download our free brochure.

How to prevent and reduce the damage of tailgating

Tailgating is one of the most annoying lapses in security that you can have happen and unlike many other security bloopers it is often it is the result of common courtesy rather than ineptitude or criminal intentions. Picture the scene – one of your employees swipes their security fob to gain access to the front door of your building, as the door is about to swing shut they notice someone else stood there and courteously hold the door open for them.  While your employee might not realise the gravity of the situation at the time, they could have unwittingly given a criminal access to your property that could quite easily go on to commit vandalism, theft, criminal damage or even a violent crime on your premises.

What can we do to prevent tailgating?
The first place to start when it comes to defending against tailgaters is to seek out a risk assessment. A professional company will be able to take an audit of your facility analysing the strengths and weaknesses in your operations and helping to develop a security solution that protects your assets and your employees. For example a risk assessment might result in  recommendations to install waist height or half height turnstiles or biometric fingerprint readers, both of which can be effective in preventing tailgating.

While you can put lots of measures in to place to prevent tailgating, your security is only as strong as the culture you build around it. If your employees aren’t trained in the risks of tailgating, and are not told to challenge unidentified visitors then you run the risk of your systems being ineffective.

Most businesses have some kind of important asset that they need to protect, whether that is expensive equipment, confidential information, restricted chemicals or something else. This is why it is important to not only secure your entry and exit points but also to lock down any important areas of your building with high quality access control equipment.

Whether your business runs from small retail premises or a large industrial site, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation risk assessment, feasibility survey and quotation to assess your perimeter security requirements. For more information please contact us