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The right security and access control measures for asset protection

  • 18 Dec 2014

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External security

Security against the risk of burglary can be an extremely challenging task. There may be a number of access points to protect, and whatever measures are in place must not prevent the safe access and egress for the occupants of the building.

A recent survey carried out by the Home Office1 uncovered some facts about how burglars were accessing commercial premises.

In incidents of burglary with entry:

  • most commonly reported way that the building was accessed was through a wooden or glass door (36 per cent of incidents)
  • metal door, roller door or shutter (17 per cent of incidents)

Security solutions

Door measures – such as bars, shutters, and security locks on windows – led to lower vandalism rates than those without these types of security.

Protective door measures at premises were associated with

  • lower levels of assaults or threats (727 incidents per 1,000 premises) than those with no window or door measures (967 per 1,000)
  • lower levels of robbery (282 incidents per 1,000 premises) than those with no window or door measures (706 per 1,000)

Internal security

Internal assets also needs to be secured.

  • extra sensitive areas that hold stock and data that need protecting from thieves and criminals
  • items may be taken or damaged which could put the operation of the business in jeopardy 

It’s not just the people outside of the building who can put the business at risk.

  • theft by employees carries an average cost of £1,048

What measures can be put in place in order to ensure the safety of the business and its assets?

Security solutions

Access control systems

To secure such areas and to protect your business from the risks facing them Abloy recommends installing an access control system such as SMARTair.

 The SMARTair access control system allows businesses to easily control and track who enters or exits through any door in a building, which reduces the risk of employees or members of the public committing burglary on the premises.

SMARTair is a modular fully scalable access control system that is incredibly simple to use and install, it doesn’t require any wires or modification to walls. If you’re looking to expand an existing system you can do that too. The solution is also cost effective and suitable for any amount of doors whilst still providing secure access for any application.

High security door cylinders

Abloy’s range of high security door cylinders feature superior build quality.

  • utilise a rotating disk mechanism to ensure they cannot be picked or bumped
  • can also form part of a master key system enabling further access control

By installing these cylinders, specifiers can add a higher level of security to a business.

Rim and mortice locks

Abloy’s range of rim and mortice locks are ideal for securing a wide range of business premises

  • stronger and more versatile than a bored cylindrical lock
  • fully compliant with European standards.

So when it comes to selecting the most effective solution in order to protect a building against the risk of burglary and theft, adding an enhanced access control system to the premises alongside a combination of rim and mortice locks will ensure the premises and its occupants are as secure as possible.

1) Home Office – Crime against businesses: Detailed findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey, published June 2013

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Abloy UK,
Portobello Works,
School Street,
Willenhall,
West Midlands,
WV13 3PW

Phone: 01902 364500
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