Audits and Assessments are important for businesses. They help you to secure your property and contents. They help you look after staff safety. They can reduce your Insurance Premium. They can weed out the thieves that pilfer away at your profits, which is, one of the hardest thefts to trace if you don’t know where to begin.
A little while ago a company manager called me asking for urgent assistance. He asked if I could visit him the same day and relatively quietly. I obliged and upon signing in I was ushered up to the Directors office before any other staff saw me. Here he told me how someone, presumably from the company was gaining access to company documents and materials. They have CCTV which never caught anyone and oddly was sometimes switched off despite the recorder being locked up in the managers office, behind another locked door. The alarm code had been discovered as it was being upset. The keys must have been copied.
The firm deals in steel, has thousands of pounds worth of equipment, and the company was about to be bought out which was why documents were being searched for by the perpetrator.
I explained that an audit should be carried out and ‘key points’ would be highlighted for change (the pun is actually credible)
I also said that I would carry out the audit the same day, wearing my own relevant safeguards around the factory floor including a branded HiVis jacket. ‘don’t hide me, the culprit is one of the staff’ I assured him. ‘they need to see positive action being taken’
The audit took 2 and a half hours. The result was surprising. Some of his security, though intact was against safety regulations. There was a flaw in an obvious (to me) point that needed specialist attention. There was another way to improve safety on his site. And that was before we approached his problem.
I carried out some lock changes, including a master key system, new panic escape latches and resolved an issue with the alarm and CCTV. Now the thing was the alarm and CCTV were under a contract and I couldn’t make changes to them. However I did point out that the annual service by the company wasn’t being done correctly and that the changes would be cost free due to the contract details.
A month later no one had been in the building that shouldn’t have. The alarm and CCTV were monitored and were only accessed by appropriate people. Staff found getting in and out of the workshops easier. The health and safety regulation were being complied to. A month after that, same result.
The manager called me yet another month later and said how happy he had been with the service, and how secure he felt. He also said how he had since noticed things he hadn’t before. Simple things like stationary and toiletries weren’t going missing as they must have been before, yet weren’t noticed. I had saved him a fortune against what could have gone wrong, and another small fortune in areas he hadn’t counted on.
I’d say that’s a result. It’s not easy when the perp is on your own team, but nipping it in the bud is a must.
If you need any advice about security or access Ground Lock would love to help. We’re also in it for the long run and like to revisit the site a while later to ensure your satisfaction.
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