Date: 2023-05-16

The Outer Perimeter

Every client facility has what we call an outer perimeter; that first line of defense against criminal intruders. For large industrial plants the client premises might fill an entire city block. Such sites are usually protected by lighted fence lines or walls with security access control checkpoints.
Small stores and shops will also have an outer perimeter, the building outer wall with doors, windows and any other opening that breaches the building's protective shell. Perimeter physical security is very important to every client.
Keeping doors and windows locked, or under observation when authorized to be unlocked is a normal duty of the security officer. Everyone knows that. However, there is much more to perimeter security inspection. Here are a few of the things you should look for as you patrol our client's perimeter line.
During business off-hours, watch for door latches that have been taped in the open position, windows that look as though they are closed, but have been left - perhaps purposely- unsecured or unbolted.
The fabric of chain link fences should be anchored along the bottom, midway between the upright posts - this prevents an intruder from easily crawling underneath the fence. Keep an eye on the top mounted fence aprons - look for strands of barbed wire that have been cut or pulled apart, or breaks in the razor ribbon. Gate padlocks may look locked, but you will not know for sure, until you physically grab the lock and YANK to see if it comes undone.
Watch for automobiles parked just outside the perimeter fence, they could be used to gain access over the fence. If someone is sitting in the vehicle, he or she could be waiting for an insider to pass property over the fence.
Keep your eye on equipment, supplies or vehicles inside the clients' premises close to the fence line, for the possibility of internal theft. Anything within fifteen feet of the fence line - on either side - bears watching.
Security lighting is important along the perimeter. Burnt out lights should be reported. Pay attention to those dark, blind spots or shadow areas with light coverage where intruders may lie in wait to gain entry or stash property while waiting for the chance to smuggle it off the client's premises.
Decorative shrubs can be a security asset or a liability. Shrubs that funnel people into lanes covered by direct observation or closed-circuit TV, complements security. Bushes, trees, or other foliage that cast shadows interfere with clear fields of observation and hide intruders.
The aggressive, alert security officer knows the lay of the perimeter security system, knows where the potential trouble spots are, and moves about the perimeter in full respect for the client's security system's strengths and weaknesses.
One of the most difficult challenges for the veteran security officer is to patrol night after night, seeing the same scenery and not lose the enthusiasm to question everything he or she see.
Let your instincts be your guide, find the answer to every question that pops into your mind. Discipline yourself to stay on the lookout for, and investigate those little irregularities before they become security nightmares.


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