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Static Guarding Whangarei: Security Loopholes and Breaches

Static Guarding Whangarei: Security Loopholes and Breaches

Whether we like it or not, criminals have all the time in the world looking for loopholes in security. Any hint of a way in, they can use it to their advantage. They usually strike when people are busy or distracted. Hence, the many instances of security breaches where businesses operations are disrupted.

Intruders can be running in their ways, that they even exploit people’s politeness. Some incidents of unauthorized access can occur by social engineering means. They draw attention away from themselves and blend in with a crowd. Though technically such incidents can’t be considered a criminal break-in, it is still a breach of security. Sometimes they exploit these methods just to see the extent of your security response, so they can make an informed plan and execute a more organised break-in.

Here are just some of the most common kinds of unauthorised access that happen everyday:
1. Incidents of Tailgating
Tailgating pertains to the security breach that can be caused by multiple people following an authorised user through a doorway. This will reduce the people who need to badge in their ID or security clearance cards, thus clouding the security’s insight as to whom is entering the building. This is exposing people to increased risk of criminality. This can be an orchestrated effort by a group or by an individual who has mastered using an unsuspecting crowd to their benefit. Most cases can be simply staff trying to get in without signing in, having lost their pass – but this in itself is a risk and in the event of a fire an cause issues for the organisation.
2. Propping Open Doors
Employees and patrons of a building usually prop open a door when they are frequently going out for cigarette breaks or because they are moving something bulky in or out of the building. Criminals see these instances as an opportunity, all they have to do is wait. Once someone does prop a door open, they can easily hustle their way in or simply help delivery, of the new cargo. While employees might think of this as a helpful gesture, they have inadvertently let in someone with criminal intent.
3. Key Management
Controlling keys has to be one of the biggest problems for a lot of businesses and workplaces. Some letting agents and tenants may have foregone a proper key turnover and those keys end up in the wrong hands. For employees that only have access to room or a facility every once in a while, a lost key can be unnoticed for some time. Installing new locks and issuing new keys can be also quite time-consuming and expensive, and the process will only start when an employee has reported the said key as missing. It is to a company’s benefit during their first month on their lease that they should change their locks or upgrade to a keycard and digital password system. They should consider this as an investment on safety. Afterwards, this should be followed by a strict protocol on key management spearheaded by managerial, utility and security personnel.
4. Security Access Cards
Access cards are considered as an electronic upgrade to your usual keys. But despite its technological advancement over the conventional kind, access control cards are also prone to be lost, loaned, or stolen. However, making use of access cards can be difficult.
5. Forcing Doors Open
When exploitation of common courtesy is not an option, criminals may turn their energies into direct methods which is physically prying doors open by any means necessary. Unauthorised access is made possible by common everyday tools such as screwdrivers, crowbars, levers, sticks, hammers and knives.
The best way to lessen the risk of unauthorised access to your workplace is by properly educating occupants and making them aware of the potential dangers and damages that intruders can do.

Keep your employees adequately informed about how risky it can get to keep the door open for strangers or even coworkers. This is a huge help in keeping the workplace safe.

You can address and lessen the risks posed by these unauthorised access risks by increasing and leveling up your security. Closed-circuit camera (CCTV) systems can be a great help in the surveillance inside the workplace, but static security guards are still the best solution in ensuring safety inside the building.

Static security guards can observe and react immediately if any security breach happens. An intruder would think twice about getting into a confrontation with a security guard. Static guarding minimise incidents of unauthorised access and lessen the probability of criminal activities such as theft and violence, simply by being present.
If you would like to know more about our static security guard services in detail, call us at Northern Districts Security 09 430 3232 or email us info@ndsecurity.co.nz and we’ll answer all your concerns about having security at key areas of your premises.