It’s interesting that since retiring from NaCTSO I have conducted many security, threat and vulnerability assessments and have been frequently been amazed at just how businesses, some of which have similar security issues have such diverse attitudes to threat and risk and how so many businesses pay lip service to security.
There will be no names and no pack drill here but some companies with multi- millions pound assets, others with commercially sensitive property – even those who carry items of use to terrorists, feel that security is just an unnecessary expenditure.
There are too many examples to deal with here but I have seen businesses who have spent upwards of £40,000 on a new fence line, only to leave a panel out next to the car park to allow easy access for staff, thus completely by-passing the security gate. What a waste of money!
I have visited a City centre commercial premises with a concierge and security guard on the ground floor managing access control only for there to be free, unguarded access to the building by a lift via the insecure garage area.
These are but two examples and some of the others are even worse.
It seems that many business fail to put security high enough on the agenda and give security tasks to those who have no experience and do not understand the concepts or rationale.
It would be interesting to hear from those who have influenced and persuaded management of unwilling businesses of the need to take security seriously. What made the difference? Did it require a loss to get the changes required?
By Chris Phillips FSyI GCGI for Counter Terror Expo
International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO)