The dangers are clear. Financial losses, disruption to your supply chain, harm to consumer confidence, and low staff morale. These are just a few of the negative ways that crime can impact your business. Businesses of all sizes can be affected by a serious incident, regardless of their industry, or their location, which is why steps need to be taken well in advance to offer maximum protection. Perimeter security is the cornerstone of business security, and here we will outline some of the most effective tools on the market.
Right at the cutting edge of perimeter security lies access control equipment. Utilising tools like cards, fobs, keypads, and even biometric technology like fingerprint readers, you can add real sophistication to your security protocol. Whether using access control to restrict access to specific areas, rooms, or bays, or to enhance existing features such as gates or barriers, this is one of the most tech-savvy ways to guard your business against crime.
A simple to use, but super-effective solution, barriers are a great tool in your perimeter security arsenal. Made from aluminium or steel, barriers ensure that you have the final say over who gets access to your site. They can be either manual or automatic, and enhanced with access control, or monitored by your own personnel. Either way, unwanted visitors will know that they won’t find it easy to gain access to your premises.
One of the most commonly used and cost-effective tools on the market for vehicular access management, bollards can play an important role in your perimeter security plan. While the idea of a bollard may typically draw to mind a concrete pillar, they have in fact come a long way in recent years and many have advanced designs that make them highly effective and suitable for a range of different purposes. They can deny entry to sites without the need for a gate or barrier, can be used to protect pedestrians or buildings from vehicles, and restrict access during specific hours, Some bollards like the robust Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) bollards are even used to protect sites from terrorist vehicle attacks.
Gates are, without a doubt, the most impactful form of perimeter protection, and often seen as the foundation of a good security strategy. They send out a clear signal to would-be intruders that their entry and their escape routes are going to be difficult to clear. So when criminals are marking out their next job, your business will be a less than attractive proposition. The types of gates that are typically available include bi-folding, swing, and sliding gates. There are also anti-terrorism gates emerging onto the market which prevent high-impact intrusions from heavy vehicles.
Often seen in car parks, height restrictors deal with a different type of crime. Rather than putting up the walls against theft and burglary, height restrictors help businesses to avoid the nuisance of unwanted vehicle access. If a business wants to cut off access to large vehicles, or heavy goods vehicles then this can be a clever fix.
An uncompromising tool to stop traffic, road blockers can be used for a variety of reasons. One of course is to prevent vehicles from entering specific areas of your site. This might be to protect pedestrians, or buildings, or block off sensitive areas. Equally, road blockers can be used to prevent vehicles from making quick entry and escapes in the event of a burglary. Visually they are a strong deterrent and can be further enhanced with signage, sirens, and traffic lights, and controlled through access control equipment.
A reliant, and cost-effective tool, speed ramps are another strong method of controlling traffic. Used to manage speed, and calm traffic, they are a common sight in areas as varied as construction sites through to housing estates and hospitals. Our speed ramps are made from heavy-duty recycled PVC segments and configured with cats-eyes and high-visibility black and yellow sections to provide visual notice.
Used to control the pedestrian entry and exit of both visitors and employees, there is no denying the impact that turnstiles can have on your perimeter security needs. Not just a way to slow down, and authorise traffic, they can also provide savings for businesses as they remove the need for costly security personnel, especially when fitted with access control tools. Every business has different needs and turnstiles are available to suit. There are waist-height forms available for corporate environments, as well as ¾ and full height versions for more functional settings.
Overhauling your perimeter security is not something that should be taken lightly. While protection is critical, you must seek advice from experts before making your purchase decisions. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to remove the guesswork. For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business, please call us on 01522 682 255.