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Why choose a security consultancy?

The first step towards establishing an effective physical security framework is to understand what you need to do to keep your company's assets protected.

Unfortunately, this isn't always as simple as it sounds. Even once you've identified the risks and set your budget, you're tasked with finding the right combination of locks, alarms, CCTV cameras, mobile patrols, static guards and keyholding services to meet your needs. It's a lot to think about, and as a result, it's not uncommon that office and facilities managers get more than a few things wrong in the process.

This is where a security consultancy comes in. Should you choose to design your physical security framework in collaboration with an independent service provider, you stand to gain a far greater degree of insight into how best to protect your assets against theft and criminal damage. A combination of impartial advice, industry knowledge and expertise, and business acumen will help you take your physical security to the next level.

Why choose a security consultancy?

The services of an independent security consultancy may include the following:

Risk assessment

A comprehensive risk assessment is not a simple undertaking. You may think you have a good understanding of the criminal threats faced by your business, but bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the table - and, in particular, eyes belonging to someone with extensive risk management skills - might highlight significant gaps in your knowledge.

Auditing

A consultancy service should also involve the auditing of your existing security provisions - whether locks, alarms, CCTV cameras or personnel - and other business processes that may unwittingly put your assets of risk of theft or criminal damage. This will help you to identify cost inefficiencies in your current security systems, as well as to recognise vulnerabilities and employee behaviours that might be exploited.

Solution design

It may sound obvious, but if you choose to use an independent security consultancy, expect assistance in designing a solution that delivers optimal protection for your budget. Again, this should incorporate every element of security, from mobile patrols and static guards down to individual locks and keyholding services.

Testing

Finally, your service provider should be able to help you test your security provisions and guarantee their effectiveness in the instance of an actual break-in. This runs from the testing of individual components, such as alarms and CCTV cameras, through to working with security guards and other members of staff to ensure they would respond to incidents in a capable and professional manner.

Want to learn more? Get in touch with Storm Operative Security to discuss our consultancy service.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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