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Developing a Perimeter Security Plan: Questions to Ask

 An effective perimeter security plan requires more than simply building a tall fence topped with barbed wire. A well-secured perimeter contains numerous layers of defenses.

An ever-increasing number of organizations are realizing the inherent value of stopping criminals before they can hurt customers or employees or inflict property damage.  Does your building have comprehensive perimeter security plan?   To help with this process, here are six questions you should consider when designing your perimeter protection blueprint:

  1. How is Your Perimeter Security Defined?
  2. Does Your Perimeter Require Locks?
  3. Does Your Perimeter Need a Fence for Protection?
  4. Are There Sections of Your Perimeter That Are Better Served with A Wall?
  5. Entrance Points are Vulnerable Points, Does Your Facility Have the Right Type of Gate at Each Entry Point?
  6. Does Your Plan Include Natural Barriers?
  7. Do the Layers of Your Plan Flow with the Aesthetic of the Facility?

Answering these specific questions will guide the preparation, designing, planning, and implementation of a solid and effective physical perimeter security plan. Perimeters are any borders that mark off or protect one area from another.  The size of the perimeter is the first concern.  Starting from the outer most points and working in.  The outer most level, also the largest area of protection, is usually protected by a combination of fencing, walls, and natural barriers. 

Developing a plan that places an equal amount of attention to every square inch of a perimeter can be a daunting task.  The team of experts at BBRSS have some suggestions for consideration:

  • Identify all entrance and exit points: Typically, intruders penetrate these areas first because they’re often the easiest to breach.
  • Examine the physical perimeter: Physical perimeters can contain walls, fences or other environmental structures or barriers, and sometimes natural vegetation.
  • Define areas where bollards can be installed as needed to add traffic control or pedestrian protection.
  • Consider the effects of a breach: Do you need to be alerted when an intruder breaches a fence, or is the distance or direction of the intruder’s movement more important for an alert? It’s crucial to think of the critical to non-critical nature of the property as concentric circles with the center being the most critical and moving outwards from there.

The process of developing a physical perimeter security plan takes time and should not be rushed. Every part of the plan must be considered, reviewed, and reevaluated. The BBRSS team of physical security experts are here to assist in every phase of development, installation, and implementation.

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