A building security checklist is a tool used by owners and managers of large companies and institutions. It helps them keep track of all the security measures that are in place in their company. A company without any safety measures will invite trouble. Even a small delay on the security measures can lead to major losses. So to prevent the loss of man power and loss of revenue a company has to ensure that it has taken all precautions to avoid such problems.
A building or office complex should have a functional and effective building security checklist to create a safe and efficient working environment. On the other hand it can help to manage the security system in an effective manner. As the main objectives of such a check list are to make sure that people in the organization are able to access the information they need and can do their tasks without any inconvenience. Also the roles and responsibilities of security officers in maintaining proper security in the building are also listed on this checklist.
There are many types of checklists used for managing security systems. It depends upon the type of system that is in place. For example a physical security policy is different from a visitor management policy. For physical security measures a building security checklist will have to include things like locking gates, closing off exits, preventing unauthorized personnel from gaining access to secured areas, and installing security cameras and alarms. But when dealing with visitors and especially the management of unauthorized persons an electronic security policy checklist will have to be included.
Some other items required in a building security checklist are things like evaluating the risk of a security breach, installing surveillance cameras and alarms, getting the latest crime statistics, checking for expired locks and keys, and getting the latest equipment for securing various parts of the building. Once all these activities are completed then the manager can move on to other activities related to building security. A good way to keep a regular flow of work is to make sure that all employees are aware of a regularly scheduled check-up, which can include the review of a building security checklist and the installation of new surveillance cameras and/or alarms.
In addition to these policies there are other features that are important in running a safe and secure organization. For example a building security checklist can include a provision for natural surveillance. This is whereby personnel are alerted when unauthorized personnel enter restricted areas or when cameras show movement that could indicate tampering with secured areas. This feature can deter crime against the facility by ensuring that unauthorized personnel are aware of the surveillance operations that are in operation and what will result if they attempt to breach the security. The camera(s) must be placed at such a location that it can be seen from all areas of the facility and the images captured must be recorded and stored in a safe place.
A physical security check will involve checking on the physical condition of the building, especially doors, windows and any points of entrance. For this check, personnel need to verify whether all exterior doors are equipped with deadbolt locks and that any points of entry are controlled by swipe card or magnetic cards. Points of entry that are controlled by swipe cards must be restricted to authorized personnel. If entry is controlled by magnetic cards then the employee must wear a suitable identification card. For physical security check, personnel may use physical security check cocks to verify the height of visitors’ heads and whether they are legally allowed to be in the building.