three part fence

Perimeter Security

William F. Booth, CPP Security Assessment, Security Program Development

Every security program must be an integrated whole and each element must grow out of the specific needs dictated by the circumstances affecting the facility to be protected. Nevertheless, the first and basic defense is still the outer perimeter of the facility. Planning this defense is neither difficult nor complicated, but it is the product of common sense. Whereas the …

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Security Areas and Lighting!

William F. Booth, CPP Security Assessment, Security Survey, Security Threat Assessment

I have been the security expert in over 400 lawsuits alleging inadequate or negligent security. Many of those cases happened at night and, in most, the plaintiff alleged that the light was not adequate. Since lighting is one of the few security areas in which written standards exist, it is absolutely essential that your building entrances, pedestrian areas, or parking …

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Key Control

William F. Booth, CPP Security Assessment, Security Master Planning, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Security Program Development, Security Survey, Security Threat Assessment

So often in our modern technical world, we overlook the basic means of securing most assets: the lock and key. Good key control is imperative for excellent security. At this point, many of you may be saying to yourselves, “I cannot possibly get control of my facility’s keys when no one has had control of them for years.” This is …

probability-criticality

Probability and Criticality

William F. Booth, CPP Security Assessment, Security Master Planning, Security Planning, Security Program Development, Security Survey, Security Threat Assessment

When evaluating what security concern to address first, where do you begin? Consider the probability and criticality of an event, and assign values based on standard criteria. Probability 5 Almost certain. Barring major changes in circumstances, this event will occur or will occur frequently compared to other events. Or, historically, an event of this type has already occurred. 4 Very …