The 5 key elements in security risk management (which are often ignored)

Wednesday May 31st, 2017 in Risk Management

Communicating clearly and decisively to all building occupants during a security incident is critical. Are you doing it right?

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Why your security strategy should not rely on CCTV

Tuesday March 7th, 2017 in CCTV Surveillance, Security Consulting

Despite increased functionality and higher resolution, CCTV is still not achieving the one thing its proponents have always claimed that it can – improve the security of the premises where it is used.

I know it is a big statement and there are always exceptions to the rule, but crime still occurs on premises where CCTV is installed. It happens regularly and from where I sit, things are not going to change anytime soon.

This is why.

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Should ‘gut feeling’ play a role in security risk assessments?

Sunday February 5th, 2017 in Risk Management

Should ‘gut feeling’ be part of security assessment? The tragic events in Melbourne’s Bourke Street last month highlighted the difficult choices we face when an extremely rare but high-impact event has devastating consequences. In our industry, evidence based reporting is a key component of security risk management. This means that unless we can find evidence of a threat and can link that threat to a vulnerability, there is no risk. That’s the theory, but does it work? Should instinct play a role?

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Start with the outside and work in

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in Environmental Design, Security Design, Security Risk Assessments

Another series of security risk assessments have been completed across the country and the inconsistencies in major building security are easier to spot than ever. In part, this is because the shortcomings that many commercial properties have with security are relatively consistent. It is also because the commercial property sector in general is not adjusting to the changing risk profile of the local and global environments and the types of risks that need to be considered.

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What is your Dreamworld?

Wednesday November 9th, 2016 in Security Consulting, Security Risk Assessments

Over the last few weeks we have witnessed a tragic event unfold in one of our countries most popular tourist attractions on the Gold Coast.

The event has proved devastating for many people, none more so than the immediate friends and family of those affected by the tragedy.

Here are some questions and a quick risk test to determine the level of risk and impact of that risk, in your business today.

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There is more to security than CCTV

Wednesday October 5th, 2016 in Security Consulting

Over the last few months, aside from doing the typical security design and risk assessment work that accounts for the bulk of our time, we have also been auditing a diverse mix of commercial properties and acting as expert witnesses in a couple of civil trials.
One of the common themes has been a very high reliance on CCTV for property protection which we would strongly recommend against unless the CCTV is supported by other systems and processes.

In this article, we explore what security is and how it should be applied to your property or commercial premises.

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ASIAL 2016 highlights – Two CCTV products worth considering

Monday August 8th, 2016 in CCTV Surveillance

The 2016 ASIAL exhibition and conference has recently ended and similar to previous years, the exhibition was swamped with CCTV products and vendors. We review two of the better CCTV products we looked at.

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The $7.99 vulnerability in your building security system

Tuesday July 19th, 2016 in Physical & Electronic Security, Security Design

Did you know, that with access to an eBay account and the princely sum of $7.99 (plus postage and handling) you can clone an unlimited number of access cards to many buildings that have an electronic access control system installed?

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Run, Hide, Fight – Planning for active shooter incidents

Tuesday June 28th, 2016 in Active shooter

As building managers and those responsible for the protection of people and property, we seem to constantly be reminded of the dangers of active shooter events. Just last week, it was Orlando in the United States where a single armed gunman inflicted death and injury on more than 100 people. Here are just some of the things you are going to need to consider when preparing your active shooter plan:

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Part Two: Our CCTV findings on 4000+ cameras – What have we learnt?

Tuesday June 7th, 2016 in CCTV Surveillance, Physical & Electronic Security, Security Design

Two weeks ago we revealed some key CCTV findings on over 4000 cameras we have evaluated over the last four years.

These cameras are connected to 89 separate CCTV systems of various sizes and configurations that we have been engaged to review.

In this article, we examine these 89 CCTV systems and see if they measure up against the evaluation criteria we use when we undertake CCTV reviews. The results are revealing …

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