How to plan for and protect crowded spaces
Assess the risks
It’s crucial to consider not just the site, but the organisation themselves: Do they have connections or projects that may make them a potential target? Have they had threats in the past? Have they been the target of vandalism or crime before?
Deter an intruder
Physical and electronic security measures help to act as a visible deterrent; lighting, signs and high-security fencing can dissuade someone from attempting to breach site in the first place. Ensure security measures are visible and clearly signed.
Detecting a potential threat
Alarms and visual detection (Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems) help to detect potential intruders or attackers as quickly as possible, so you can assess and then address the situation. Decide upon the level of monitoring based upon the level of threat and security required.
Review entry and exit points
Assess every point where people are able to leave or enter a crowded space or area. Can these places resist hostile entry? Are fences and gates secure and strong enough to resist forced entry? Can individuals still access and exit the premises safely if new security measures are implemented? Would security measures hinder fire safety? Finding the right balance is essential.
Introducing measures that reduce the speed of approaching vehicles and prevent unscreened vehicles reaching a location, such as bollards, barriers and landscaping, providing additional time for security staff to react.
Clear sight around buildings
Ideally this is taken care of within the design of a building or open space or area and its environment, however a well-maintained and litter-free surrounding area, with clear line-of-sight for security staff, makes it harder to hide suspicious items and for threats to go unseen. The clever use of fencing and gates can reduce visibility from the outside whilst still maintaining line-of-sight from the inside.
Managed access points
Manned entry points, reception facilities and well-managed access points improve the chances of detecting and apprehending an intruder, preventing them from taking further action. Using electronic access controls, alongside physical security measures, such as turnstiles and automatic barriers, can provide a deterrent and traceability of those accessing a premises. Those premises unmanned should be alarmed and covered by CCTV/electronic security measures where possible.
Finally, making sure every element of your protective measures are well maintained and staff are fully trained is essential. Without these checks fences and gates may be damaged or staff may not be patrolling or vetting visitors effectively, providing opportunities for those wishing to cause harm or damage.
At Jacksons Fencing we are passionate about security and support our customers through knowledge, expertise and the highest quality products. We provide a complete range of security solutions designed for protecting public spaces, from perimeter protection to hostile vehicle mitigation products, such as PAS 68-standard barriers, fences and gates.
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For more information you can view guidance published by the Home Office on ways to protect public places by clicking here.
Date: 31/08/2017 09:17:00
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