Tailgating is one of the most frequent and widespread security breaches affecting numerous locations including schools, residential premises and office buildings. It is a common problem and most respondents believe they are vulnerable to a tailgating security breach. It is a physical security breach whereby an unauthorized person follows an authorized individual to enter what is typically a secure area and is often innocently carried out by a resident or employee politely holding a door open for someone. That person may be a visitor not displaying a pass or badge, someone in a uniform who appears to be a worker or some other type of subterfuge. The gesture may seem harmless and something done without a thought; however, such lapses in security have significant potential in causing great damage.
Assuming that somebody entering a secured area is an employee or a contractor is the reason why breaches are often so successful. Fraudsters know too well that residents or employees feel uncomfortable confronting strangers or denying them access, more so if it is a large organisation with a variety of staff and contractors.
It is essential that you are aware of your surroundings and have the confidence in questioning anything believed to be suspicious. The reality is that crime can be committed by someone you had no knowledge was in your building. Should an unauthorised person gain access their intentions could range from theft of equipment to physical acts of violence. The presence of a London Security Guard acts as a visual deterrence to would-be offenders and with the sheer volume of people and diversity found in the capital, a London Security Company is an essential commodity.
Tailgating should not be limited to the process of people walking into restricted areas but including vehicles following other vehicles with the relevant authorised access. A classic example of this scenario is when the closure time of a barrier or gates is sufficiently long enough to facilitate more than one vehicle being able to proceed past or through that barrier.
Consequently, the result may vary from financial loss and damage to the reputation of a company. If a location is perceived as having weak security it may attract further and more regular unwanted attention.
What can you do to prevent tailgating?
- Educate users on the risks associated with tailgating and have a clear policy in place with guidelines and procedures on what to do should an unauthorised person gain access
- Always be aware of anyone following you through a door, barrier or other controlled access. Politely greet them and escort them to their correct location
- Bring attention to any individual you see trying to slip through security measures
- Do not hold doors or other points of access open for anyone
- Report any suspicious individuals to the relevant Security Guard on site if the site benefit from a protection from a London Security Company.
- If you find a door does not automatically close or shut properly, then report it to security
The responsibility of security belongs to everyone. It is essential to establish a security culture that encourages and motivates everyone to think and act in a security-conscious manner and recognise the devastating impact a security breach could have.
Physical methods to protect premises from tailgating include:
- Ensuring the swift and secure closing of doors.
- Photo I.D. presented and physically inspected on entry.
- CCTV surveillance.
- Smart cards housing multiple credentials.
- Multi-factor information.
- Photo-sensors and turnstiles to a single person at a time.
- London Security Guards
You will note that London Security Guards are listed at the end. This is not to say that they are the least important, quite the contrary. When the list is considered in its entirety you will see that a Guarding Company in London is the ideal resource to provide oversight of the security measures. Modern technology has obvious benefits but they are not perfect. Nothing beats the ability of a physical presence for deterrence and for monitoring the effectiveness of security systems and removing or detaining trespassers.
Some locations are perhaps considered more vulnerable to tailgating than others. As introduced in the opening paragraph schools are potential high risk zones; especially those facilitating females only or particular communities commonly found in central and north London. Many of the electronic functions are not as efficient as a London Security Guard being present and who is capable of monitoring more acute details than say an access-controlled gate or vehicle barrier at peak times. Of course, electronic features in conjunction with physical security are the optimum combination. With the increased threat in recent years of Lone Wolf attacks, especially so in central London and the City of London, a Clerkenwell Security Company or Farringdon Security Company is an imperative investment.
Security Risk Specialists (SRS) is a London Security Company fully averse with the skills, experience and knowledge of physical and electronic integration to the highest standards. As a Guarding Company in London for a number of years, SRS offers individually tailored security advice across the London spectrum and is wholly capable and successful in providing bespoke security and 24/7 security support to guarantee the peace of mind expected by residents, visitors and employees.
With ongoing and successful deployments of London Security Guards at business premises, hotels, schools and residential and commercial properties, Security Risk Specialists are the first choice of the Royal Navy when the Senior Service graces the capital with its presence. During public opening and VIP events on and around their ships berthed in Canary Wharf, the Royal Navy entrusts SRS with external security responsibility and with the monitoring of large volumes of people eager to experience the Royal Navy at such close quarters. At such times the temptation of tailgaters to attempt a breach of security barriers and checks is prevalent and is thwarted only by the vigilance and physical presence of the London Security Company.