BSIA: How to secure your golf club4th January, 2012 by admin
Ensuring your club is comfortable and welcoming for its visitors doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on security. Although it is a logistical challenge securing expansive areas, it can be done by employing measures that combine together to provide a comprehensive level of security that is not overtly oppressive.
Ensuring that independent security methods work in tandem with each other is an incredibly effective way of securing premises, especially a large area such as a golf course. Naturally, there are different levels of protection that can be applied, for example, there will be different ways of securing buildings like a clubhouse compared to protecting the greens or car park – but the principal remains the same. Applying what is known as an ‘onion ring’ approach to security, which has proven successful in other industries that have to secure large areas, such as the cargo industry, can be beneficial.
The onion ring approach is so termed because of the way that the different security measures are ‘layered’ – from the site’s perimeter back to each individual building. Remember, this type of security solution will both help deter would-be criminals from attempting to break-in, as well as being robust and effective enough to prevent intrusions from being successful.
The outer perimeter is the key starting point for protection of any area, especially a large site with many vulnerable locations that are not regularly watched, like a golf club could have. Physically, strong fencing is the most obvious layer of security. Although many security fences can be oppressive, modern security fencing can, in many cases, be designed to blend into their surroundings. This combines strength and maintains the level of deterrent, without ruining the ambience of its setting, which is obviously an extremely important factor at a golf club.
Ensuring that any access points have reinforced or drill resistant locks is also important, as these are key areas that are more than likely to come under attack in the event of an attempted intrusion.
Utilising CCTV can also be hugely beneficial, and the next layer of security. CCTV cameras, strategically placed, can be utilised to cover large unmanned areas of space, and should you also contract security out to a private company, you can provide 24-hour coverage of an area. Recent advancements in technology can also be utilised, such as motion detectors, which will only activate cameras when movement is detected. This can be an extremely effective means of security, as the alarm will only be raised when the camera is turned on, delivering a streamlined approach to monitoring large areas. In the case of motion detectors, recent technological advancements mean that there is the possibility to differentiate between a potential intruder and non-threatening vibrations such as passing traffic or wind interference. This type of technology is already employed in places like airports, which have numerous outside factors that need to be identified.
Ensuring buildings are locked with secure and BSIA approved locks will also be of benefit, as will intruder alarms on any buildings on the premises. Obvious things like double glazed windows and ensuring that all the buildings’ access points are always locked when premises are unguarded is a simple but vital measure. There is also the possibility of marking property to make any stolen items easy to identify should they be found.
Securing entrances and barriers that control access in and out of the facility is extremely important. Effective security technology that’s easy to use is a feature of ‘smart’ access control systems. These types of control measures can range from paper-based logging systems for temporary passes through to access control cards that use radio frequency identification (RFID) chips for more convenient proximity reading of card details and activation of gates, turnstiles and vehicle barriers.
Then there is the prospect of manned security, which provides a physical and human presence to deter would-be criminals. Security patrols can be extremely effective – and can also provide a rapid response to any incidents that occur. Obviously, with a large area to protect, employing this type of security can be extremely worthwhile.
Securing your premises doesn’t have to be an arduous process. Spending time thinking about how different approaches to security can be successful is more than likely to mean any attempted intrusion won’t be.
James Kelly is the chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)