Whether it is access to an internal room or your company’s front door, when unauthorised access happens, there is always going to be a security risk.
There is a variety of ways that unwelcomed access can take place. Knowing how to identify the risk is the first step toward making the right decisions regarding the safety of your company and your employees.
The Most Common Unauthorised Access
Propping the door open
It happens without much thought going into it. Someone is moving things into or out of the office and they don’t have the time or the patience to be entering pins each time they want to enter a room. So they find the nearest object and they push it up against the door to keep it open while they go about their work.
It’s practical but in no way is it ideal, in terms of security, especially when the reason is not work-related. When employees start becoming laid back with their security and wedge open doors when taking a smoke break, they are also opening up an opportunity for someone to break in. In our country, robberies happen in the blink of an eye. You don’t want to literally keep the door open for them.
Shared pins and lost cards
Biometric access control systems are really the only systems that eliminate the possibility of pins being shared amongst staff, or cards being lost or stolen. The big issue with pins being shared and cards lost is that quite a long time can pass before you notice that it has gone missing. Replacing cards and reprogramming new pins can cost money.
When one person walks in, what’s stopping others from following close behind once that door is open? You’ll have no way to track these people and you’ll have no way of knowing whether or not they are actually employees. The real downside of this issue is that it doesn’t matter what kind of access system you have. Once that door is open, there is no stopping people from entering.
Opening the door for someone is common courtesy, but when it comes to your company’s security, thinking twice about normal courteous behaviour is preferable. Sometimes, should a door not be correctly hung, criminals can use a crowbar, screwdriver or something similar, to force the door open.
Giving criminals even the slightest opportunity to get through your doors could be enough for them to do you, your staff and your company serious harm. And even though the list of ways that people can get in looks a little long, having an access control system installed is a great way to give your company extra security.