The fear of crime is contagious.
Security Magazine recently published findings from an international study. The study describes the spread of fear of crime. A model simulated the perception of 10,000 people. The model grouped the people as follows:
- Unlikely to experience crime.
- Likely to experience a small amount of crime.
- Experiences most of the crime that occurs.
According to the study, the phenomena occurs even in low-crime communities. By extension, communities can include workplaces and the residents become your workers.
The study concludes the fear of crime is contagious. It spreads through social interaction leading to chronic fear in “worried populations”.
Workers say that stress and anxiety impact their professional life. The Anxiety and Depression Association of American Workers identifies these workplace impacts:
- Workplace performance (56 percent)
- Relationships with coworkers and peers (51 percent)
- Quality of work (50 percent)
- Relationships with superiors (43 percent)
This translates into lower productivity, quality and profits. So what can you do to reduce the fear and anxiety for workers?
Improve security with technology and communicate with workers.
Active shooter incidents have become commonplace in the news. Your workplace should have strict access controls policies. The use of access control technology protects your employees and helps alieve fear.
Communicate the reasons for the access policies and equipment often. Make sure employees understand these precautions are for their protection and well-being.
The key to this deterrent is to foresee and plan for violent situations.
Plan access control based on the needs of each unique facility. Every business is different as well as every location within a business can be different. Some questions to ask include:
- Do you need to control access at entrances and exits?
- Do we need to protect Is on-going research and development?
- Do you need to control access to specific areas such as labs, storage, or manufacturing floors?
- Are computer networks and servers secure?
Technology offers security solutions such as:
- Keyless entries using proximity cards and reader systems
- ID cards and badges
- Biometric access control
- A system of employee permissions that are easy to change
- A system configuration that is easy to change.
Make sure your system is proactive instead of reactive through planning. Your system should allow you to handle security and safety in a precautionary manner. Your system is proactive instead of reactive.
Place safety and security in the hands of experienced professionals
Planning a secure environment should consider your future as well as current needs. Conzer Security has many decades of knowledge and experience. We have developed a multitude of customized access control solutions. We take the time to ensure we understand our client’s business. Once we have a good understanding of the business we can recommend a solution. We will make sure the technology matches your facility’s needs. And our plans always have an eye to the future – your future.
Conzer Security knows there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution when it comes to securing a facility.
That’s why we offer flexible solutions that provide solid results. Contact us today online or at 317-580-9460 to learn more about what we can do for you.