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Perimeter Security Tips To Protect Your Business And Office Buildings

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 13, 2014 6:45:00 AM


sonitrol_signImplementing an integrated security alarm system for your office or building that includes verified CCTV video and audio alarms and managed access control will definitely protect your business from any internal and external threats - we guarantee it.


But is there anything you can do to discourage criminals before they even look at your building?  


Here are some steps you can take to make your building less inviting to criminals, and this includes examining the perimeter of your building.

In my experience most criminals will check out your building, or business, before they commit the crime. So it makes a lot of sense to do what ever it takes to make you building and its perimeter as secure and uninviting as possible.   


The best deterrent is simple ... it's a Sonitrol Decal or Sign.   Criminals know who Sonitrol is … with over 170,000 criminal captures since 1977… criminals will stay away from the “Protected by Sonitrol" decals and signs” because they get caught with our verified alarm! And when they get caught in the act by Police at a Sonitrol protected facility and they go to jail (The Criminal Communities University System) they educate the other incarcerated criminals about the problems they had in attempting to break-in to a Sonitrol protected site.


You might have a parking lot, a yard, a compound, some gardens and grounds, or just an alleyway between neighbouring buildings ... whatever your location is, the perimeter of your building is your first line of defence against would-be thieves.

Here are some important outdoor physical security measures that will also make your building perimeter less inviting to criminals. I recommend these basic security measures to all our clients to protect their business and enhance their office building security.

1. Increase Visibility

  • Avoid blind spots by doorways, fences, support buildings and landscaping.
  • Trim tress to increase visibility, keeping lower limbs 8 - 9 ft above ground.
  • Limit shrubs to low ground cover and group plants together.
  • Install wall-mounted or freestanding lights 12-14 ft above ground.
  • Use directionally effective and bright lighting at all entry points.
  • Close window blinds and turn interior lights off so thieves cannot “shop” prior to breaking in.
  • Exterior compounds should have lights that turn off at night as light only attracts thieves and makes it easy to “shop” prior to breaking in, and easier to steal as they can see what they are doing. We recommend using SonaVision cameras that are infrared and “see” in the dark for this situation.

2. Limit Access 

  • Use landscaping and pathways to channel pedestrian traffic.
  • Limit roof and upper floor access.  Remember to consider exterior ladder,  landscaping, drainpipes, signage, window frames, storage units, ledges, dumpsters and walkway covers – they all provide a “stepping stone, or a ladder” to access your upper floors and windows. 

3. Install Fencing and Lock Down Everything

  • Lock-down all external mechanical and electrical devices (and add Sonavision Monitored Video to protect meters, HVAC, transformers etc.) in recessed vaults, or within your building.
  • Fence special areas such as utility locations and parking lots.  
  • Use chain link fencing to ensure visibility.
  • Secure gates with heavy duty padlocks.  


Visibility, difficult access and availability of distractions are the three most important perimeter security factors to consider, for your office building.  Of course we recommend using our SonaVision external CCTV camera system for maximum perimeter security.  


Remember anything that is dark and easy-to-access will encourage theft and criminal activities, so I  recommend you take the first step to deter any would-be criminals by using Verified Sonitrol audio and Sonavision as identified by "Protected By Sonitrol" decals and signs.


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About Sonitrol Western Canada

We're so confident in our technology and responsive service, that no one else in the industry can match our guarantee.  Our unique verified audio and CCTV video business security solutions enable our operators to hear and see what is happening in your business before the criminals gain entry!!  We verify the actual source of the alarm, and we get the police to attend the scene immediately.  FOR A FREE SECURITY AUDIT, click here, or call 1-866-766-4876 - We are a security company with over 150 offices across North America serving clients across Western Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon.  

Sonitrol Western Canada, with its Verified Electronic Security Systems, is committed to providing customers with the most comprehensive security protection.  Cooperation in the elimination of false alarms is not only beneficial to the system’s user, but results in better protection of the entire community by allowing law enforcement to use their resources as efficiently as possible.


Topics: Security Tips, CCTV Video Surveillance, Office Workplace Security, Security for Fenced Compounds

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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