The Right Security Partner for Property Managers
The best security team for property managers protects commercial properties in various ways. The solution depends on location, whether the building is private or public, hours of operation, what sort of goods are being protected and so on. Protecting buildings from risks such as graffiti, theft, loitering, rioting and workplace destruction comes with a variety of individual challenges and can take a lot of planning, forethought, and creativity.
The first step to good commercial property security system is a security risk assessment to determine the level of protection needed.
“If feasible, the assessment should be done before construction begins on a new location”, says Paolo Vincenti, CEO at Securo Security. This way, the property can be designed using ULC standards and security design principles based on the risk assessment.
Environment dictates security. The approach we use is to evaluate the interior, exterior, and perimeter and assess each of those areas regarding the kind of operation. Is it private, semi-public or public? What is the demographics of the people coming to work? What ages are they? Are there more females than males? The responses to these questions will help decide how tight security needs to be, as well as what sorts of approaches to use.
As noted previously, the security used will depend on the risk factors associated with that particular building but may include, security guards, alarms, access control, security video, designated parking and visitor control, among others. Certain sections of the building may be more high-risk than others as well and require greater security. Having a healthy working relation with the property manager will ensure that security installations fit each property’s unique culture.
Visitor control systems are a great resource, particularly to those property managers who have various properties in their portfolios. The records generated through visitor control programs help building managers address tenants’ safety concerns. The knowledge of who is in a building at any given time can help both in investigations and emergency situations, such as evacuations.
Assigned parking, particularly for visitors, should be utilized. Every tenant should have an assigned parking space, and visitor parking should be in a location that allows for maximum surveillance, to see and be seen, so security can see at a glance that everyone is parked where he or she need to be.
Using Decades Worth of Security Data
Securo uses over three decades worth of industry experience to combine hardware, security guards and security planning strategies to alter behavior and send signals to the legitimate and the illegitimate users of the space. This is more than lights and signs; it is also aesthetics and general feeling and surroundings. For instance, trash in the parking lot, broken windows and graffiti all flag that a property is being neglected and that crime can be easily done there.
Giving a clear warning right at the perimeter of the building is important. There is tight control, and that means there are procedures that will be reinforced when you move from the private to the public space. For instance, using speed bumps to slow drivers down in a private area and posting the speed change.
There is a mixture of obstacles when it comes to commercial property security. A major one is providing just the right level of safety and meeting your tenants’ expectations. The greatest challenge property managers and their security partners face, is selecting the right security solutions for the property, whether it is a combination of people and technology, just technology, or even just personal. Finding that balance based on a security assessment is critical to a sound security solution.
Another challenge is providing real wages for the security guards. At Securo we believe the security pay should be commensurate with job responsibility. For a high-cost, high-risk asset, Securo provides technology-savvy and knowledgeable personnel, providing them with real wages and benefits. This supports to create an environment where security guards are entrusted in their jobs, better defending the property they are assigned to protect.
Mixed-use properties – buildings that are utilized for more than one purpose, such as a restaurant with tenants above it – can be challenging in the commercial security space. Mixed use buildings introduce the public into what were traditionally the private environments, and securing these facilities can get complex quickly when common areas such as lobbies are included. Relying heavily on human intelligence is a good strategy to start with, and establishing networks with other retail establishments in the building. These systems include guards, who will be able to recognize the unusual behavior.
Securo Security can handle your commercial property needs in Canada. Securo can design and install a comprehensive security system for virtually any type of commercial establishments anywhere in Canada. Feel free to contact us for more helpful security tips, and to schedule a no-obligation security consultation.