Security solutions provide peace of mind for facilities managers everywhere. But some components of a commercial building’s security program can also boost a facilities manager’s bottom line by providing benefits that go beyond providing a safer environment.
Video surveillance. A facility’s camera system can track intruders, monitor suspicious activity, help prevent theft, provide recorded evidence, and reduce insurance rates. But these systems also offer benefits beyond security. Surveillance video from cameras can be used to monitor traffic patterns and foot traffic; this information can help facilities managers determine which entrances are used more often and need more maintenance attention as a result. They can also identify spaces where additional signage might be necessary. If surveillance picks up on visitors looking confused or not knowing which way to go once they enter the building, a sign might easily address the issue. Reviewing surveillance can also help identify potential slip-and-fall hazards.
Access control. Managing who has access to certain buildings (and when) helps protect against trespassers and theft. But access control can also help commercial businesses, schools, and hospitals track things like hours and attendance. It can also save on payroll costs by not requiring staff members to be onsite during off-hours or weekends to lock/unlock doors.
Security window film. Broken glass due to hail, vandalism, or an everyday accident can be a liability and put tenants in danger. Security window films provide a barrier that helps hold glass in place upon impact. They can help control and reduce the safety issues and costly damage associated with broken glass. (Check out this 30-second video of a bomb blast test to see how security window film helps to protects people and property.) In addition to providing this added layer of security, these films can also cut energy costs by reducing solar heat gain. Window film can also help protect assets by putting a barrier between interior furnishings and harmful ultraviolet radiation.