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Perimeter Security - Your First Line Of Protection :: 03/08/2009
Selecting the right security solution is critical to protecting your facility. But let's face it; you'd rather not ever have to test the system. The following is a list of crime prevention strategies designed to help make your building and grounds less attractive to criminals, and therefore less vulnerable to crime, theft and vandalism.
Around your building
-Avoid blind spots provided by doorways, fences, support buildings and landscaping.
-Place mechanical or electrical devices, such as meters, transformers, etc., in lockable recessed vaults or within the building.
-Limit roof and upper-floor access. Items to consider: drainpipes, window frames, storage units, decorative ledges, dumpsters, vehicles and walkway covers.
-Keep trees at least 10 feet from buildings to prevent window and roof access.
-Trim trees to increase visibility, keeping lower limbs eight to nine feet above ground.
-Limit shrubs to low ground cover and group plants together. Hedging along walks helps to channel pedestrian traffic.
Fencing and Gates
-Except for special areas such as utility locations and parking lots, use fencing and gates with discretion.
-Use chain-link fencing to maintain visibility.
-Surround all construction near facilities with high fences and secured gates.
-Top chain-linked fencing adjacent to buildings with barbed wire.
-Secure all gates with heavy-duty padlocks.
-Place wall-mounted or freestanding lights 12-14 ft. above the ground.
-Direct lighting at the facility if the building is patrolled from the exterior.
-Light the area around the facility if the buildings are patrolled from within.
-Use effective lighting at all entries.