Manufacturing facilities have a lot of specific concerns to consider when it comes to physical security. To attain the most effective security, it is important to understand those concerns as well as the technologies to address them.
Here are a few fast facts to help you boost your manufacturing facility physical security IQ.
Know the Threats to Manufacturing Facilities
Not only do manufacturing facilities need to consider the safety of the people that occupy the building, they need to consider the products, processes, and intellectual properties the facility also houses. Top threats include:
- Lack of security
- Older facility with security vulnerabilities
- Human error and lack of training
Basic Elements of Physical Security
- Obstacles such as fences, gated entry, vehicle barriers, and vehicle height restrictors, to disturb and delay the action of trivial attackers.
- The removal of physical elements that hinder vision and provides cover, such as tall bushes and large decorative items.
- Detection systems to discover ongoing intrusion attempts. This includes CCTV surveillance systems, alarms, security patrols, and security lighting.
- Security response system to repel or catch the intruders.
- Emergency response and mass communication systems to communicate information and directions swiftly in an emergency or crisis.
Security Systems for Manufacturing Facilities
It is important to start any physical security plan by speaking to a professional and having the facility properly assessed for its strengths and vulnerabilities. This will allow you to prioritize your spending and ensure the effectiveness of any security system you put in place.
As you build your security plan remember:
- Redundancy is essential to facility security.
- No one component, such as video surveillance, can provide enough security alone.
- Security components can add value beyond pure security, such as improved productivity. Factor in all of the added value when calculating the true cost of ownership.
Some of the key components to consider include:
- Access control
- Video surveillance
- Intrusion detection
- Gated entry
- Fire alarms
- Mass notification and emergency communication systems
- Professional monitoring
- Environmental monitoring
- System integration
Security may seem pretty straightforward, but surprisingly, many plants have only the bare minimum when it comes to security and few have a proactive security plan in place. To combat today’s threats takes today’s sophisticated security technologies. Call us today to learn how to secure your facility! 1-888-540-0175