Government buildings’ security can be faced with threats like bombings, sabotage, unlawful entries, and theft. Because of this, it is imperative for these buildings to have adequate security measures in place. The first step is to have some basic guidelines in place, which can greatly improve government security. OSSI is dedicated to helping society have safer and more secure buildings, and government security is no exception. In an effort to help achieve our goals, we have provided some security tips.
Identify Outside Threats
When deciding which security measures are best for your building, it’s best to consider potential security threats. The security resources and policies selected should match the potential government security threats at hand.
In most cases, terrorists, kidnappers, and thieves are the main threats to government security. To deter these individuals from entering these buildings, all main entrances should be secured with key-card access systems. Security personnel should also have metal detectors at all entrances, so that people and packages entering government buildings can be monitored. All government building staff should have recent access control badges for identification purposes, too. Finally, as a rule of thumb, only authorized contractors should be allowed to come into government buildings using access control badges.
The perimeter control systems should all be upgraded with the appropriate monitoring devices. Examples of monitoring systems include closed circuit monitoring devices and intercoms. All the keys of a government building should always be locked in a security office where only authorized people should be allowed access.
Crisis communication systems should also be installed inside of all government buildings. In a time of crisis, it’s essential that key personnel have access to and familiarity with these systems, so they can be used effectively. Duress alarms and intercoms are often used during a crisis, but government buildings should always have a backup communication system as an extra precaution.
In an effort to protect executive offices from outside surveillance, these offices should be located in the inner sections of government buildings. The offices should also be arranged in such a way that all unescorted visitors can be easily monitored. All important papers and documents should be kept out of reach and away from unauthorized people. Typically, these papers and documents should remain locked in secure cabinets, with keys hidden in separate security offices.
To keep buildings free of congestion, all recycling and trash receptacles should be kept out of walkways and emptied regularly. Doing so allows members of security to navigate through these buildings free of difficulty during times of crisis.
To avoid any tampering, alarms should be used to protect all communication equipment. Electrical closets and telephone lines are common targets for criminals, so special measures should surround these areas.
Government security is essential to the protection of these important buildings. Practicing these security guidelines can help keep these entities more secure. To learn how our technology can help improve your government security, contact OSSI at (888) 488-2623 today.