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Perimeter security – what you should know as a business owner

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Criminals have become so brazen that physical security barriers and alarms alone are no longer the only deterrents that business owners can rely on. Entry methods have evolved from classic window breaking to criminals removing front doors completely.

The good news is that as fast as these criminal modus operandi’s evolve so do the security technology and solutions to combat them.

There has been a move towards smart analytics technology, where cameras learn to differentiate between normal and abnormal behaviour. This cuts down on reaction times, user error and the amount of manpower to keep track of all camera surveillance systems.

Perimeter security and access control remains the first line of defence.

We urge all business owners to consider installing outdoor detection devices and perimeter security to reduce the chances of criminals reaching your property and gaining access to the building. It needs to be seen as an investment not only in your assets but in your people too. Fortunately, technology, like CCTV for example, has evolved immensely over the last few years making it more affordable and more advanced than ever before.

Another alternative worth looking at is microwave Passive Infra-Red detectors which are specifically designed for very hot areas – such as a roof. Normal infra-red detectors are not as effective when installed in extremely hot areas.

The effectiveness of these fences can be compromised if the wrong fence is selected and the installation done incorrectly. Choosing the correct installer is crucial and we highly recommend getting several quotes before choosing an installer.

Regarding gates, it is important make sure that your gate opens and closes as quickly as possible. Also ensure that the motor has a locked box covering it to stop any attempts at tampering. If you have beams, make sure the beams are installed correctly and at the most optimal angle to increase their range and effectiveness. It is also important to make sure that these beams are not obscured by shrubbery, or near reflective surfaces to prevent excessive false alarm activations.

 

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