Understanding Basic Physical Security

Basic Physical Security

Physical Security Measures To assist you in your attempt to protect the assets of your company, Sonitrol encourages that you address as many of the following as possible:

  • Determine where your telephone lines or your cable enters your building. If you have any exposed communication lines, take steps to secure them. Remember, 10% of the time forced entry is made into a facility, telephone lies are cut prior to entry.
  • Make sure your address can easily be seen from the street, and can be seen after daylight hours. If you have a large facility and entry can be gained from the rear of your building, be sure your address is visible on the rear of your building. Remember, police and fire agencies are dispatched to your address and not to the name of your company. Make it easy for responding authorities to find your building in case of an emergency.
  • We encourage you to place No Trespassing or No Loitering signs around your building. These signs give the police probable cause to question individuals that are on the grounds of your facility.
  • Check your landscaping. Shrubs in front of any window should not be higher than 42 inches. All trees next to your building should be trimmed to 7 feet. Make any entry to your roof difficult. Remember 25% of all forced entry is NOT through a door or window.
  • Good outside lighting helps reduce crime. Make it difficult for the burglar to find places to hide as they make entry into your building.
  • Place all dumpsters away from doors. This will help reduce internal losses during the daytime hours.
  • Install a quality intrusion alarm system that is monitored locally if at all possible and make sure the installing alarm company posts window decals or yard signs around the building.
  • Eliminate keys and replace them with an electronic door locking system that can be programmed to allow authorized individuals entry to specific doors, during specified hours. Also, consider adding an electronic access system to your server room.
  • Are you at risk? Call your local Sonitrol sales consultant to get a free risk assessment of your facility.
Consider the Facts

Over 98% of alarm activations are false alarms. And with each alarm call costing taxpayers in police time and resources, more and more communities are looking for ways to respond to alarms more effectively. Many communities now require verified response—confirmation by an alarm company or an eye witness that an actual intrusion is in progress—before dispatching police.


The average police response time for non-verified alarm activation now exceeds 45 minutes in many communities. The longer the response time, the lower the chances of police stopping an intrusion in progress and apprehending the criminals.


Increasingly sophisticated crimes, including internal theft and fraud, and crimes accompanied by other disasters such as fire or explosions, overtax traditional alarm systems.

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