4 Signs your business premises needs perimeter protection

Signs your business premises needs perimeter protection

Almost every business owner out there knows that it pays to prepare for the worst. Whether investing in online security, insurance, or physical security protocols, it makes sense to act now rather than later and mitigate any unexpected problems that might occur.

If you’re unsure as to whether to make the commitment to a full perimeter security review and begin implementing tools like barriers, gates and turnstiles then here are four tell-tale signs that you need to act sooner rather than later.

1 – Crime in your area

One of the most common reasons that businesses turn to perimeter security providers is an upturn in crime locally. Crime begets crime and you’re more likely to be targeted if other businesses in your area have to.

If you’ve read reports of local crime against businesses or have noticed a surge change in crime figures, then you should already be building your defences.

2 – You’ve recently fallen victim to crime

Another common reason to invest in perimeter security measures is that a business has recently had a crime committed against them. In an ideal world, security measures are implemented pre-emptively, but this isn’t always the case. Criminals will often double back, or word will travel among underground networks highlighting a business as a “soft target”. For this reason, it’s imperative that businesses do a full post-mortem after an incident and work with a security provider to prevent future occurrences.

3 – You’ve noticed unusual things happening around your premises

Vigilance is one of the cornerstones of defending against crime. Both you and your employees need to be eagle-eyed when it comes to identifying anything unusual going on in and around your premises. Perhaps you’ve noticed strange vehicles driving at slow speeds around your site, unidentified people taking photographs, or you’ve had keys go missing. It often pays to listen to your gut, so act now and do a full review of your systems.

4 – You’ve found evidence of trespass

This does not apply to all businesses, but for many sites, especially those that are unoccupied – trespassing can be a real headache for property owners. Not only can trespass result in problems like littering, fly-tipping, damage to fixtures and fittings, and graffiti, but the more often it occurs the higher the chances of escalation to even more serious crimes like arson that can do permanent and lasting damage to your property. If you’ve found evidence of unauthorized visitors taking advantage of your property then you can’t afford to sit idly by.

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to deciding which security strategies are going to be most effective at a site, which is why it is important, to begin with a risk assessment. Here at Gateway Automation, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security requirements. To find out more please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255.

Maintain your security solutions with these easy steps

maintaining security solutions

Most business operators are well aware of the risks of crime. While a great deal can be done to help businesses establish a formidable barrier against potential threats, it’s key that they factor in maintenance and repairs into their plans.

Just like with almost all big purchases or investments (for instance, cars or houses) there are going to be times when you will need to invest in the upkeep and fix any potential problems before they grow out of control.

While you may be reluctant to spend more money on repairs or maintenance, it pays to be proactive and nipping issues in the bud early on can mean that you may avoid having to replace expensive equipment later on down the line.

Step one – identify the risks

Security equipment- in particular those housed outdoors – are subject to several risks of which you need to be aware. By identifying what they are, you can then put in place actions and habits that can help you mitigate them effectively.

Weather conditions are a common culprit for equipment failure. High winds, heavy snow, and rainfall can all lead to problems. Windy conditions may dislodge or break parts while heavy snow and rainfall can lead to build-ups of grime and dirt that can reduce the effectiveness of your equipment.

Another common problem for outdoor security tools is traffic. If a vehicle clips or crashes into a security tool like a gate, bollard, or barrier then it may again reduce the effectiveness of a piece of equipment or break it entirely.

Step two – establish a plan

Once you have identified the risks, it becomes much easier to begin planning how you will deal with any problems, and prevent any issues from arising.

You should create a comprehensive overview of all of your measures and tools, the potential problems that could crop up, and how you will deal with them.

In practical terms, this might mean creating a regular schedule of cleaning, making sure that items are fixed and secure, and periodically reviewing their operational effectiveness.

You should outline who is responsible for maintenance and reporting, how often duties should be carried out, and find a way to log what has been discovered.

Step three: Work with a trusted provider

The last and final step that you should consider when it comes to maintenance is to establish a relationship with a trusted provider. Some small maintenance tasks like cleaning and tightening bolts can be carried out by you or your employees with little training. However, there may be times when bigger, more complex repairs are needed.

If you find yourself in this situation then you will be faced with the possibility of halting your operations and dealing with financial losses or leaving your business exposed to criminal threats due to faulty equipment.

This is why we offer a nationwide reactive callout service with engineer response times of 8 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, and 7 days meaning that we can get to you quickly to repair any damage and keep your business safe and secure.

To find out more about our servicing and repairs options, please visit https://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/servicing/repairs/ or contact us on 01522 682255 for a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security needs.

The Importance of lighting when securing your business

lighting

It’s an undeniable fact that the majority of crimes against businesses take place in the dark hours of the night. When the sun goes down, the likelihood of a perpetrator infiltrating your facility and getting away without being caught vastly increase. However, there are steps that business owners can take to reduce those chances and make their sites a less appealing target for the criminal underbelly.

Making The Most of Security Lighting

Criminals will seek to take advantage of the cover of darkness. This is why it’s essential to make the most of security lighting and use it in a way that benefits any existing measures you may already have in place.

Visual Deterrent

Lighting can help in some significant ways. First of all, it sends a visual deterrent to criminals who may be approaching. A constant presence of lighting shows criminals that you are active and security-minded, while motion-triggered lighting may hamper them in their tracks, should they decide to test their luck and approach.

Enhance existing security

But to really make the most of security lighting, you should use it as an enhancement of your existing security features. In practice, this should mean installing lighting to showcase your arsenal of perimeter security tools. For instance by positioning your lighting to show a highly-secure gate, barrier, or road blocker.

When criminals weigh up whether to try their luck at a property, one of the biggest factors in their decision will be their perceived chances of a getaway. If you can effectively show them that their entry and escape will be difficult then you will likely balance the scales of justice back in your favour.

Should a criminal decide the attempt is still worth the risk, you can make their life more difficult by employing sophisticated internal security measures. This can be traffic restricting measures such as speed ramps, barriers, and bollards, or internal access control systems that prevent them from accessing specific areas easily.

Maintain security lighting

Like any security measure, lighting is only effective if it is properly maintained. You should have a regular programme of maintenance and a designated member of staff charged with overseeing duties like cleaning lighting, replacing bulbs, and calling in repairs when needed.

Here at Gateway Automation, we believe in a holistic approach to perimeter security. This is why it is important to conduct a risk assessment that takes into account the nature of your business, the challenges you face, and potential solutions that can protect you from criminal activities.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products to help businesses and individuals secure their sites. We also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please call us on 01522 682255.

Sliding Gates vs Swinging Gates

sliding gates vs swinging gates

When it comes to perimeter defences, the first thing that will likely jump to mind is the image of a security gate, and rightly so. Security gates are often the first line of defence for many businesses when it comes to keeping intruders away, establishing a strong perimeter, and sending out a message to criminals.

However, when planning defences for a site, or considering upgrading your existing measures, it’s important to think carefully about your needs and your site capabilities. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular options of gates and how they compare.

Swinging Gates

Swinging Gates are an excellent option for many businesses. As the name suggests they swing open and shut in a wide arc. Often priced cheaper than sliding gates, they typically don’t include motors or electronics. Swinging gates don’t require concrete work or steel beams, they are low maintenance and make little noise during operation. This means that they are well-suited to isolated or rural sites, or large expansive sites where access to the grid is more limited.

If considering swinging gates as a solution for your site, you should think carefully about the available space on your premises. Swinging gates need enough space to open internally and externally in a wide arc and so might not be suitable for some sites where space is at a premium. They might also be less suited if you have particular needs for high-tech upgrades such as access control equipment or other electronic support.

Sliding Gates

If you are looking for gates at a site where space is less readily available then sliding gates may be a more sensible solution. Rather than opening and closing in an arc, sliding gates slide in and out along a track or trackless cantilever system, which both employ less of a footprint.

Sliding gates are often seen in more commercially-led settings, entrances, and residential driveways. They can be employed on rough ground and even on sloping ground if required. They are a good choice if you operate in a setting that has high-wind speeds and other unpredictable weather factors.

Unlike swing gates, sliding gates can be upgraded with access control equipment such as electronic keys, cards, fingerprint biometric readers and intercoms. These additions will always make a site more secure, however, they do come with added costs.

Get in touch

Arranging effective perimeter security is not something that you should go at alone. No matter the size or nature of your business, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess the security requirements of your organisation. For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please contact us here or call us on 01522 682 255.

 

Guide to access control equipment

access control equipment

Perimeter security should always encompass a variety of different methods and tools to enable complete protection. While commonly this will include traditional features like gates and barriers, there are a plethora of interesting and exciting new technologies that can be adopted into a holistic security plan for maximum protection against crime. Let’s take a look at some of the best access control equipment options currently available.

What is access control equipment?

Access control equipment is (as the name suggests) a range of tools that are designed to limit entry to specific areas or zones of a site. Modern access control equipment incorporates the latest technologies to provide protection and reassurance to business owners, their clients and their employees.

Let’s start with RFID readers as an example of an interesting new technology that can be integrated into perimeter security plans. An RFID reader is a network-connected device that can be fitted to your gates, or to specific areas of a building. A token is read by holding it within close proximity of the reader, this triggers the system to look up as to whether this individual should be allowed access or not. If access is granted a green light flashes, if not then a red light flashes. This can be especially useful if you are trying to reduce the need for manned guarding, or want to find a way to limit access to specific areas to specific staff.

A similar tool for this purpose is a radio receiver. Remotes can be assigned to a radio receiver unit which can be housed in the interior of your site, or the exterior where it is also well-suited due to its all-purpose weather coating. What’s more, you can operate the controls with your remote from a distance, enabling you to open gates or garage doors without having to manually do so.

Another slightly different use for access control equipment is safety. Photocells for instance can be used to prevent accidents with vehicles or pedestrians. Acting as infrared sensors, they can detect motion and prevent an automatic gate from closing on objects, vehicles, or people that are coming within proximity of the gate’s path.

LED traffic lights can also be used to upgrade your existing access control measures. Commonly utilised for traffic control applications such as loading bays, weighbridges and ports, they are used to safely signal access instructions to visitors to your site.

LED traffic lights might be used alongside an automatic barrier that is triggered by an illuminated keypad or even an intercom system. Intercom systems can also be used internally to block off sensitive internal areas, or areas that house important goods and information. They might also be used in traditional business or public sector settings to allow visitors to communicate with staff who can check credentials and ultimately grant access without having to leave their posts.

Finally, one high tech option for access coordination that has previously been the preserve of police forces and high-security institutions is that of ANPR systems. Adoption of this new technology in the private sector is increasing as businesses look for ways to facilitate free-flowing movement without compromising their own security protocols.

ANPR systems are effectively number-plate recognition systems that determine access by reading a registration plate. Gateway offers ANPR which is accompanied by access Guardian. This provides business owners with access to a specialist server holding details of white-listed or blacklisted vehicles. This enables them to control their automatic barrier and decide who can enter or leave their site. They also provide traffic monitoring allowing users to search records of up to 25,000 registration entries by date time and location, along with high-resolution photos of vehicles.

Get in touch

Arranging effective perimeter security is not something that you should go at alone. No matter the size or nature of your business, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess the security requirements of your organisation. For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please contact us here or call us on 01522 682 255.

Height Restrictors-what businesses need to know

height restrictor

Are you looking to put an end to fly-tipping? Prevent vehicles or visitors from overstaying their welcome? Free up parking spaces for genuine customers? A height restrictive barrier may be just what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at what they are when you might want to use one, and the different options available today.

What is a height restrictive barrier?

Height restriction can be seen in action in a variety of environments. You will no doubt have driven into a car park with an overhead barrier warning vehicles of certain sizes that they will be unable to enter. Equally, you may have visited a supermarket or service station car park recently where the same restrictions apply.

Height restrictive barriers are designed to block access to heavy and large vehicles either blocking them from access entirely or encouraging them to use alternative areas designed for their vehicle type.

Why use a height restrictive barrier?

There are many reasons why a business may opt to install a height restrictive barrier. One of the most popular reasons is to reduce overnight or illegal stays. Many public and private sector clients have experienced issues with vehicles visiting sites for longer than is welcome, taking advantage of facilities and leaving them in a state of disrepair.

Installing restrictive barriers can prevent that initial access and reduce the need for costly cleaning or other repairs. Equally car park operators can prevent damage to facilities that are not built to accommodate heavy goods vehicles, caravans, or camper vans.

Static or Automatic?

Height restriction barriers may come in the form of static barriers which are locked with padlocks, or automatic barriers which are electronically operated. The choice between the two depends on your circumstances.

If your barrier is going to be installed away from the interior of your site, or on rural land, then your access to electricity may be limited. In this case, it may be best to opt for a traditional manual static restrictor. Static barriers can also be fitted with a low-level barrier that can be fixed into place at your leisure to prevent any vehicular access at all.

However, if mains access is not a problem then you can take advantage of an automatic barrier. With a 10.0M maximum span, these barriers are driven by a 3 phase motor and can be left open or closed depending on your requirements. So if you only want to limit access at specific times of the day or days of the week, then this could be a good solution for you.

Both types of barriers can be fitted with a prominent maximum headroom sign and an optional striped bumper bar made from aluminium can also be fitted for added protection.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products to help businesses and individuals to secure their sites and also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please call us on 01522 682255.

The Importance of anti-terrorism perimeter security

anti-terrorism security

Threats of domestic and international terrorism and actual acts of terrorism have been a constant danger in the UK. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5) grade the National Threat Level at five levels (low, moderate, substantial, severe, and critical). Currently, in the UK this level is deemed to be ‘severe’, which means that according to their understanding, an attack is highly likely.

While members of the public are at risk as much as organisations (as shown by the 7/7 London Bombing attacks for instance) businesses must be also vigilant in the face of terrorism – particularly those that operate in sensitive fields.

Sensitive operations

Some businesses and organisations by their very nature can become targets for political or religious agendas. This may come in the form of general online sentiment, physical protest, sabotage or even terrorist attacks.

Infrastructure targets

Elsewhere businesses and organisations can fall into the crosshairs of terrorists due to their standing within UK infrastructure. For example, terrorists looking to cause the most harm possible may seek to exploit water or energy plants to cause widespread disruption and harm.

How to prepare

To mitigate the risks of an attack, it is, of course, important to create dialogues with local and national policing groups who can advise on the likelihood of attacks and, where they are able, brief you on threats. However, with the frequency and unpredictability involved, it makes sense for those targets that are of particularly high risk to take pre-emptive measures to adequately protect themselves.

The first step is to undertake a full risk assessment with a specialised provider. An experienced professional should take into account the nature of your operations, the size of your site, and the possible threats and create a list of bespoke recommendations for you to consider.

There are many tools for the job, and their recommendations may come in the form of both specialised and more general advice and equipment solutions.

To guard against the risk of intrusion, sabotage and protest, you might be advised to utilise turnstiles and barriers. These simple but effective tools can provide the first line of defence and afford maximum control over who gets in and out of your property. Bollards are another key way to afford protection and can be either fixed or retractable, allowing additional defence in case of a power outage.

Equally, specialised tools like our bi-folding anti-terrorism gates offer unique properties that are created with neutralising threats in mind. The bi-folding gate is powered by an electric motor with a hydraulic locking pin and features eagle fibre technology and quality bearings and rollers. While the sliding cantilever is the widest gate currently tested at 40mph and 50mph with a 7.5T (N2 and N3) vehicle.

Elsewhere there may opportunities to manage vehicular traffic through crash tested road blockers. These are a commonly used tool for government, financial and private organisations looking to prevent a vehicular terrorist attack which has been a rising occurrence in recent years.

Tough external perimeter security can act as a key deterrent to terrorists seeking to gain entry to a site. However, interior protections should not be overlooked as damage can be caused internally also, whether through physical acts of harm, sabotage or theft. However, pedestrian access can be boxed off through tools such as keypads, biometrics, fobs, and other access control equipment.

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to deciding which security strategies are going to be most effective at a site, which is why it is important to begin with a risk assessment. Here at Gateway Automation, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your perimeter security requirements. To find out more please contact Gateway Automation on 01522 682255.

Top Perimeter Security considerations for the construction industry

Construction perimeter security

Crime is rife among construction sites. It might shock you to know that hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment is being stolen from building sites in the UK every single week. While some of that equipment may eventually be recovered, it can represent huge delays in projects, missed deadlines, increased overheads, and bad press.

To avoid these problems, site operators must integrate tough perimeter security solutions into their plans from the get-go. Here we will look at some tips on how to protect a construction site.

1 – Risk assessments

The first step in creating a comprehensive plan for battling construction theft is a thorough plan, and this should come from a professional risk assessment. Your provider should take into account the nature of the site, establish threats, and come up with concrete solutions to address them. No site is the same, and your measures need to be bespoke and robust.

2 – Create a tough exterior

Criminals will always look for soft targets. You can deter opportunistic crime by creating an exterior that signals to intruders that you take things seriously. A site that is protected with security gates and fencing is far less likely to fall, victim, as criminals will rightly estimate that their chances of a successful venture are slim.

3 – Operate with entry controls

Security should extend to all areas of your operations. In a busy site, it can be easy for intruders to go unnoticed. A simple high-vis jacket and a hard hat may be enough to blend in. This is why it is important that you operate with a booking-in system that keeps a track of who is coming and going on your site. Equally, keys or other forms of access should be restricted and only trusted to veteran members of staff.

4 – Control entry automatically

It might not be practical for you to have dedicated security personnel at your site to monitor who is coming and going and to patrol your site. In these instances, you may choose to opt for physical equipment that can do the job for you in the form of barriers and turnstiles.

5 – Consider access control equipment

Another way to establish your security levels is to take advantage of new technologies and advanced equipment. For instance, you could integrate biometric controls such as fingerprint readers, or pin/fob controls to grant access. You might also install an intercom to both manage access via a mobile device. Learn more about access equipment here.

6 – Use lighting to your advantage

A large percentage of crime will take place in the evening or the early hours of the morning when visibility is low and passers-by are rare. As we mentioned previously, criminals will strike at sites where they feel they are most likely to get away with their crimes, so by installing adequate movement-triggered lighting you can effectively scare them away.

Gateway Automation provides a range of perimeter security systems to help businesses and individuals to secure their sites and also provides nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please contact us on 01522 68255 or take a look at our brochure which can be viewed here.

How to combine environmental design with perimeter security

environmental design

Many people assume that perimeter security is simply about installing tough and imposing measures that deter crime. But those who are experienced in the matter will know that criminal behaviour theory underpins the best approaches.

The Broken Window Theory

Properties that are shabby, unkempt, or in perpetual states of vandalism are more likely to be targeted by criminals. This is known among behavioural experts as the Broken Window Theory. It states that properties that are not maintained send out a message to other criminals that this is a safe space to commit their crimes.

Guiding your visitors

Another key part of creating a safe and secure site is managing both foot traffic and pedestrian traffic. Supermarkets are well-known for their techniques to subtly guide footfall. For instance, many supermarkets will change tile shape and distance to slow down the movement of trolleys around specific displays or offers. This is another approach that can be utilised in perimeter security strategy. Flower beds, pathways, and turnstiles can be used to direct pedestrian traffic, while road markings, barriers, height restrictors, and speed ramps can guide traffic.

Keeping on top of maintenance

Security installations can be damaged by the elements, by vehicular traffic, sabotage, or simply worn down over time. Not only does this make them ineffective, but if left unattended it also sends out a message to criminals that you do not take your security needs seriously. Having a regular cleaning routine, as well as a reactive call-out service on hand to attend to any major issues will help to address this risk.

Combining approaches

Sites that are well-designed, cared-for, and approachable are not only likely to avoid falling victim to the Broken Window Theory, but they also can encourage a reaction from members of the community. They may be more invested in the building, and more likely to intervene or report problems to security services.

Part of environmental design means that you should try where possible to make your property appealing and sympathetic to its surroundings. This might mean incorporating friendly features such as lawns, trees, bushes, and flower beds.

However, it’s important to balance this with robust and effective perimeter security measures. While barbed wire fences may seem a little too imposing in certain surroundings, there is nothing wrong with a tough security gate, barriers, and turnstiles as measures to protect yourself.

Start with a risk assessment

Balancing these two opposing ideas can be difficult without experience to lean on, and this is why your starting point should be a thorough risk assessment. A professional company should be able to take into account the nature of your business, your surroundings, your access needs, and other elements to provide you with recommendations.

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. We also provide a nationwide reactive callout service with engineer response times of 8 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, and 7 days which means that any problems can be dealt with quickly.

For more information or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please contact us here.

The Importance of maintaining perimeter security systems

The Importance of maintaining perimeter security

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link”. We can learn much from old proverbs and sayings. This particular literary mechanic demonstrates a subtle idea that rings true in many environments, but particularly so in the world of perimeter security.

When preparing your site against the risk of criminal activity, it is important to take a holistic approach whenever possible. Relying too heavily on one particular tool, or dismissing the need for upkeep and maintenance are two very risky – but all-too-common mistakes that businesses make.

Modern technology has revolutionised the way that modern businesses operate. AI, and expensive camera equipment, are now a common sight at premises up and down the country, looking to protect their goods. Yet, as technology develops so does the sophistication of criminals, and the techniques that they employ. Machine learning is developed in a narrow field, and this often lacks the nuances required to offer adept protection.

The same can be said for established forms of security such as CCTV. Cameras can be a strong deterrent but they aren’t entirely foolproof. If a criminal can mask their identity or is confident that they can make a quick getaway then CCTV alone is unlikely to prevent trouble.

This is not to say that technology is not able to assist perimeter security measures at all. Access control equipment, for example, can be used to enhance a great many of the tried and tested tools like gates, barriers, and turnstiles. However, businesses must adopt an approach that looks at vulnerabilities across the board, rather than in just one area.

Maintenance and repair

Procuring the right systems is the first step to resting easier at night, but just as much effort should be put towards maintenance and repair needs.

All things degrade over time and with the impact of high traffic, usage, exposure to the elements, you do not want to be caught short. For example key, external measures like gates and barriers can attract grease, grit, and dirt, as well as other debris.

You can slow down natural degradation through regular maintenance and upkeep. This means putting into place cleaning measures and plans to check your security tools for any issues, but also knowing when to call for support from experts.

Act Quickly

Equally, your perimeter security measures may be impacted by criminals themselves – perhaps in a failed attempt to gain access to your site. When this happens, you should be able to act quickly to have your defences restored, and avoid a time where you may be unprotected and criminals may try once more to take advantage of gaps in your coverage.

Here at Gateway, we offer a nationwide reactive callout service to offer quality servicing and repairs for gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. We also provide free, no-obligation quotations and feasibility surveys to find the best solution to your security needs.

For more information please visit our website http://www.gatewayautomation.co.uk/ or call us on 01522 682 255.