Learn more about building security, why it’s important, the different types of building security systems and how to secure a building
Published 21 Apr 2023
Building security is the protection of property, assets, and occupants from intruders, perpetrators of violence, and unsafe or hazardous situations that can cause them harm or damage. Its goal is to deter, prevent, detect, and respond to physical security violations effectively. Underestimating the importance of building security puts everything and everyone within the building at risk, including the actual work or commercial activities taking place.
Building security is important because it is a way for companies to protect themselves, their property, assets, and building occupants from malicious security threats. Even residential building managers and owners should take building security seriously, as over a million property crimes occurred in 2021, according to the Quarterly Uniform Crime Report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The different types of building security systems include the following:
Secure a building by doing the following:
Eliminate manual tasks and streamline your operations.
While the steps on how to secure a building are provided in the previous section, building security doesn’t simply end there. What’s also important is to maintain the security of the building 24/7, 365 days, each year. Significant security threats can strike at any time and the various types of building security systems need to be ready to deter, prevent, detect, and respond to them.
Security officers can perform regular maintenance on building security systems using SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor), a digital inspection app that can help power security planning programs. Below are some of the checklists that SafetyCulture provides for free:
You can download and use these checklists, as well as the templates below, in SafetyCulture for free.
Secure a building in 14-steps using this building security checklist. Security officers can also use it as an outline of their building security plan and for security planning in general. With this checklist, you can:
This facility security plan template enables security officers to do the following:
Erick Brent Francisco
Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.
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