Over the last 12 months, the U.S. has seen consistent growth in employees returning to the office. 2022 started optimistically as over 67% of the US population had been vaccinated and the number of COVID cases dropped nationally. The average U.S. office capacity climbed over 25% in October of 2021 and companies are now looking to amp up office security to create a safe space for their employees’ return to office (RTO).
These 5 tips will help you optimize your office security profile and suggest measures to reduce potential threats.
1. Introduce the Use of Electronics
In 2022, modern security almost always includes high-tech functions paired with traditional means of security. Instead of using the classic lock and key, consider introducing electronic locks that have the ability to create temporary codes, revoke access, and track activity.
With these high-tech functions, access is easily monitored and controlled by the administration which minimizes the risk of trespassing. Control over the entry and exit points is one of the biggest factors in building security and is something that should be both monitored and fortified. Later in the blog, we go over how electronic locks can be paired with access control systems to optimize your security profile.
2. Implement Cost-Effective Upgrades
Whether your business has deep pockets or is penny-pinching, office security can be obtained with any budget. Door hinges are an overlooked aspect of security that can make a world of difference for a small price. When possible, position the door hinges to face inwards. If not, use hinges with non-removable pins and screws. This small difference can deter breaking and entering and is one of the cheapest and most effective security steps a business can take.
Another great and simple upgrade is introducing deadbolts to your property. Whether it be manual or electronic, deadbolts are one of the safest cost-effective locks on the market. Unlike a cylindrical lock, the bolt can not be easily pushed back with a credit card. A deadbolt is generally more robust than a passage-style lock. It is important to select Grade 1 deadbolts, which are deemed the highest level of security by ANSI standards.
3. Use Access Control Systems
Access control systems centralize security and perform identification authentification and oversee the authorization of users within all access points of a building. This control system operates on your trusted servers and PCs, giving you full control of who accesses it. Access control systems utilize radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards or digital codes to make access seamless and secure. A centralized system will log and monitor all activity to maintain building security.
To optimize access control systems, find one that works in tandem with electronic locks. TownSteel offers a wide variety of electronic locks and RFID readers that support our access control system, Maxx Access System.
Learn more about 5 reasons why access control systems are the best office security option.
4. Install CCTV Systems
Closed-circuit surveillance systems are a tried and true means of security. CCTV utilizes cameras to monitor movement, access, and any abnormal activity. CCTV systems are a great addition to any security profile because it acts as a supplement to any security system– if someone gets past an authentication system, you are able to see a physical description of the trespasser and be alerted immediately.
5. Create and Communicate an Office Emergency Plan
While many of these tips are product-based solutions, this tip can and should be used by any business. Invest in training your employees on certain emergency plans and educating them on how to be prepared in case of an emergency. It is crucial that all employees know where to go, who to talk to, and what to do during unforeseen events.
By the end of 2022, companies are moving to transition employees back into the office. With RTO initiatives in place, it is important to reevaluate your office’s security measures. No singular method can be the one-size-fits-all solution to office security. You can combat unwarranted access and potential threats with a combination of these 5 tips. While no system is foolproof, it is vital to have a security system in place to protect your people and your property.
TownSteel offers over 15 electronic locks, Grade 1 deadbolts, and an access control system to fortify any security profile. Find your local sales rep to learn what TownSteel can do for you.