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Security Planning

These points will assist in the protection against crime as well as terrorism and other security threats.

1. Carry out a risk assessment to decide on the threats you be facing and their likelihood and Identify your vulnerabilities.
2. If you are building or acquiring new premises, try to consider security at the planning stage. It will be cheaper and more effective than adding measures later.
3. Make security awareness part of your organisation’s culture and ensure security is represented at a senior level.
4. Ensure good housekeeping throughout your premises. Keep public areas tidy and well-lit, remove unnecessary furniture and keep garden areas clear.
5. Keep access control points to a minimum and issue staff and visitors with passes. Where possible, do not allow unauthorised vehicles to get close to your building.
6. Install appropriate physical measures, such as locks, proximity cards, alarms, CCTV surveillance and lighting.
7. Examine your mail-handling procedures and consider establishing a mailroom away from your main premises. Ensure you train your mail receiving and opening staff.
8. When recruiting staff or hiring contractors, check identities and follow up references.
9. Consider how best to protect your information and take proper IT security precautions.
10. Plan and test your business continuity plans, ensuring that you can continue to function without access to your premises or IT systems.