Is your security stronger than what the Palace has?

Security can be a tricky thing. Buckingham Palace recently found that out after a new incident came about just one month after police arrested two men who broke into the palace in one of the most serious security breaches at the queen's London residence in 30 years.

Last month, a full-scale security review was launched at Buckingham Palace after a man was arrested in a stateroom after scaling a fence and breaking in. Police, who was said to have increased security following the birth of Prince George in July, were left embarrassed. Then, a 44-year-old man who was carrying a knife was arrested in October by police after he tried to enter Buckingham Palace.

The difficult thing with security is people often become complacent if they don’t experience an incident, often assuming their security system is “perfect” because nothing has happened or no one has tried anything… yet. But even with the best security programs, there is always a chance that criminal activity will occur.

Most crimes occur because the criminal found the right opportunity to act. The criminal’s inclination and the victim came together at a time and place where the criminal felt they could successfully commit the crime with minimal risk of interference or apprehension. That is, the criminal found circumstances and conditions to be within their comfort zone. The key is to make criminals feel as though the cost of committing a crime is too high or not worth attempting.

In reality, criminals look to exploit any and every loophole or gap in protection. As impossible as it may seem, security must always be on, alert and ready. Some bad guys take a high-tech approach while others go basic; meaning the number of potential threats is infinite and methods of attack always changing.

Does that mean security can thwart any and every threat from happening? Only in a perfect world is that possible. But that is why performing comprehensive security assessments on a regular basis are imperative -- to stay a few steps ahead and constantly be checking for strengths and vulnerabilities. The assessment will give you a better idea of just how strong your security and what solutions are best, including security guards (armed or unarmed), surveillance cameras, access control, behavioral analytics or others.

In cases where security is unable to entirely prevent a threat from turning into an incident, the response is the next most critical aspect. A fast, effective response will often reduce the degree of damage and keep a tragedy from morphing into a disaster. For instance, in Boston with the marathon bombings the authorities responded instantly, doing an excellent job of diverting runners and spectators, attending to the injured, locking down the crime scene and preventing extreme panic. This is a critical component of security and requires disciplined training for your staff.

The best protection is to make sure your security is strong -- do not assume. Just because nothing has happened as of yet doesn’t mean something eventually won’t. Have a professional security firm perform a risk assessment (annually, at least) to test your security, who will also be able to provide you with insight into the latest security trends, solutions and recommendations to keep you, your people and assets safe.

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