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9 key points of physical security

Identify key points of security.  

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Nine Points of Security Concern

1. General purpose of the building (i.e., residence, classroom, office). Consider the hours of use,

people who use the building, people who have

access, key control, and maintenance schedule.

Who is responsible for maintenance? Is the building

used for public events? If so, what type and

how often? Is the building normally opened to the

public? Identify the significant factors and make


2. Hazards involving the building or its occupants.

List and prioritize (e.g., theft of office equipment,

wallet theft, theft from stockrooms). Identify

potential hazards that might exist in the future.

3. Police or guard security applications. What can

these guards do to improve the response to the

building and occupants from a patrol, investigation,

or crime prevention standpoint? Would the

application of guards be operationally effective or


4. Physical recommendations. Inspect doors,

windows, lighting, and access points. Recommend

physical changes that would make the building

more secure, such as pinning hinges on doors and


5. Locks, equipment to be bolted down, potential

application of card control and key control. Make

specific recommendations.

6. Alarms.Would an alarm system be cost effective?

Would the use of the building preclude the use of

an alarm? Are the potential benefits of an alarm

such that the building use should be changed to

facilitate it? Consider all types of alarms, buildingwide

or in specific offices. Consider closedcircuit television and portable or temporary alarm


7. Storage. Does the building have specific storage

problems, such as expensive items that should

be given special attention, petty cash, stamps,

calculators, microscopes? Make specific


8. Trespassing. Are there adequate “No Trespassing”

signs posted? Are other signs needed?

9. Custodians. Can custodians be used in a manner

that would be better from a security standpoint?

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