It’s no exaggeration: The security of a large commercial operation is only as good as the protection around its perimeter. Unless the borders around the wider property are secured, the people and assets inside are not. Securing the perimeters of the property increases the distance between threats and their intended targets; those threats could be disgruntled ex-employees, thieves aiming to take assets, or just vandals looking for a challenge.

Fortunately, there is security technology that can protect the perimeters of an operation and combat these threats head-on. The priority should be to put that technology in place before it’s needed. Here are some options for addressing the perimeter needs of your commercial security. Texas-based operations can consider:

Starting with Low-Tech Barriers

Although electronic security is recommended, low-tech barrier solutions are a great starting point. A security fence is a smart first step, provided that it’s higher than most trespassers can climb and enhanced with razor wire. And now that vehicles are being used as terrorist weapons, it’s important to only install fencing with a high K-rating. The K-rating is a metric of how much kinetic energy (speed + weight) the fencing can tolerate.

Another low-tech security measure involves making natural barriers in the landscaping; for instance, skillfully crafted boxwood hedges can form an amazingly dense barrier around the perimeter of a property. If a body of water is nearby, that’s a bonus; lakes and reservoirs can make excellent barriers to a high-security commercial property.

Implementing Access Control Systems

Gates and other barriers encircling a commercial campus should be equipped with electronic access control systems to protect the perimeter. These can be as simple as traditional, computer-based access control systems – or, more advanced IP browser-based access control technology. Any of the following credentials can be issued: card readers, keypads, magnetic locks or electric strikes. For an even more high-tech access control credential, some facilities utilize video imaging. Additionally, the access control system can be integrated with the intrusion detection and video surveillance systems. This forms a single security platform to protect the property inside and out.

Integrating Video Surveillance

Speaking of video surveillance: When a video solution accompanies the access control around the perimeter, the operation’s security force is immediately multiplied. High definition resolution is recommended, as this can capture license plate numbers and facial features more clearly. If occupants are given access to the property at night, then cameras equipped with night vision technology and infrared detection should also be implemented.

For a next-level security solution for the perimeter of a property, remote video monitoring can be added on as a managed service. This assigns a remote guard to tour the site, analyze movement within the cameras’ field of view, and alert management if necessary. If no night guards are present onsite, then remote video monitoring can be a highly valuable tool.

These are some of the ways operational managers can increase perimeter protection around a property. To learn more about any of these solutions for commercial security in Texas, contact RC Security Consulting.

About RC Security Consulting

RC Security Consulting protects the heart of Texas with design, installation, retrofit, repair, inspection and monitoring of commercial security systems. We are centrally located in Collin County and provide service for almost 200 miles in all directions.

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