Important Points Of Protection In A Building
In an ideal world, you could have a security system that keeps people and assets safe from all types of threats at all times, in every square inch of your property. However, this is unfortunately not the type of world in which we live. Banks, government offices, schools, and other frequently targeted buildings need to be designed in such a way that provides the maximum amount of protection focused where it’s needed the most. Resources are limited, which means owners and operators have to take a strategic approach to safeguard properties from the threat of burglary, fire, vandalism, and violence. They owe it to their patrons, employees, and the general public to provide the safest and most secure spaces possible. Here is an overview of some of the most important points of protection in buildings.
Surveillance and Alarm Systems
Many times, spotting something suspicious can help prevent serious issues from occurring. If someone is planning to do harm in any way, he or she may be deterred simply by knowing he or she is being watched. This is why installing security cameras, motion sensors and alarms inside and outside is critical. Make sure all surveillance systems are configured to eliminate blind spots.
Ordinary glass leaves your property far too vulnerable to break-ins and offers virtually no resistance to ballistics, blasts, forced entry, or storm damage. Fortunately, numerous options exist today for shatter-resistant windows that offer enhanced protection. These deflect projectiles, shield against explosions and prevent heavy winds from damaging your interiors.
A deadbolt won’t mean much if someone can just smash down your doors with brute force. Like your windows, these need to be strengthened to resist a wide range of attacks to keep those inside your building safe. Doors should be able to deliver protection against forced entry as well as bullets, blast or storm impact, and other types of assault.
In the event of a security breach or another type of emergency, having a secure place for people to go can save lives. Creating a secure safe zone or panic room is more practical and cost-effective than attempting to fortify your entire building.
Secure Transaction Systems
Areas, where employees must interact with the public, are necessary but can be a prime target. Providing workers with bullet-resistant windows and secure transaction drawers puts another layer of security between them and anyone who may be planning an assault or robbery.
Protective Wall Panels
Bullet-resistant wall panels made from steel or fiberglass help create a more secure environment. These are installed in the wall and stop bullets before they have a chance to harm people, whether caused by deliberate shootings or misfires.
Fires do a tremendous amount of damage to people and property. That’s why having smoke detectors and a fire suppression system installed is crucial. Walls made of flame-retardant materials help confine the spread of a blaze so it can be contained, as well.
If you are planning to build a new structure, taking the time to plot out the access points for maximum security can be helpful. Proper placement of doors and entryways can help direct visitors so they are not allowed to wander around areas that should not be accessible to them. Consolidating these entry points around a security screening area, reception desk or other control center provides additional protection.
Protecting your high-risk property requires a carefully thought-out and strategic approach. Shoring up the protection at multiple key points throughout the building can snuff out many potential threats before they have an opportunity to do lasting harm. For more information about these areas and how you can secure them, take a look at the accompanying resource by United States Bullet Proofing.US-Bullet-Proofing-Important-Points-of-Protection-in-a-Building
This infographic was created by U.S. Bullet Proofing, a provider of armored doors