classic | mobile
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn
 

Search...
Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2017


A real security solution
January 2013, Security Services & Risk Management

I want to tell you a story about why an independent security risk assessment is different from a risk assessment done by a security provider.

Andre Mundell
Andre Mundell

A few years back a new client phoned us with a recurring problem. Criminals had captured one of the guards on the premises and used his radio to establish the whereabouts of the rest of the security team. After capturing the entire security staff, they had been able to rob the company of assets worth thousands.

The client had switched security providers only to have this scenario repeated another four times. Each of these security providers had ostensibly performed a security risk assessment on the property, but they had all recommended solutions which matched the services and products that they offered rather than tailoring solutions to their client’s needs.

We were then asked to do a security risk assessment on the premises in question.

After identifying all the relevant issues the client finally understood how and where the criminals were gaining access to the property and came to the following conclusions:

* The previous security companies had not considered effective lighting options.

* They had not considered thermal products while the neighbourhood and premises itself were very dark, and some of these security providers did not even know the basics of how thermal products work.

Because of the size and layout of the premises, we suggested the following:

* That their security service provider (Company A) be retained and allowed inside the premises.

* Because of the fact that criminals always managed to overpower and take these guards captive, we recommended that another security service provider (Company B), be placed on the outside of the premises in plain clothes.

After a few months, the same criminals attacked the client’s premises again. Company A had not been made aware of Company B, and there was no radio link between the two. This meant that the criminals also had no knowledge of Company B. Company B saw the guards from Company A being overpowered, reacted accordingly by informing the SAPS and their own armed reaction vehicles and in the end, the criminals were apprehended.

The above is a classic example of why security service providers cannot do security risk assessments, and also why they cannot tell you when they find risks that cannot be handled by one of their services or products. Hence the fact that it is imperative that companies employ the services of independent security risk assessors who will suggest real solutions to eliminate the client’s security risks as identified and explained in the final assessment. This in turn will allow the client to ensure that those risks are properly addressed as per the solutions suggested in the security plan.

No security company will advise a client to hire their competition to protect one area while they themselves protect another. Being independent and unaffiliated we were able to see the real risks involved and made solution based suggestions based on the client’s individual and working environment security needs.

It is better that a security risk assessment is done by an independent security risk assessor. Assessors cannot do an objective security risk assessment or ensure relevant and correct solutions if they are affiliated to any security provider or supplier.

Companies requesting security usually assume that their appointed security provider has done a security risk assessment; and most security providers will say that they have done a risk assessment. However, they will have performed a product assessment, not a security risk assessment. Security providers cannot and in most cases will not reveal your true risks to you.

I would like to stress to all corporate MDs, CEOs and small business owners the importance of protecting your company’s assets and employees. Gather all your facts before accepting any proposal for security services or products.

I again want to emphasise the fact that security providers and suppliers are not equipped to do security risk assessments. The fact that they are mandated to perform any and all assessments to reflect their service or product as the best option for you restricts them from being able to do effective and objective security risk assessments.

For more information contact Alwinco, +27 (0)71 319 4735, aviljoen@alwinco.co.za, www.alwinco.co.za


  Share via Twitter   Share via LinkedIn      

Further reading:

  • Combating the evolving threat of fraud
    May 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management
    It is impossible to pin an exact number on how much fraud costs the South African economy, but analysis of leading research reports on the subject puts it easily in the billions of Rands per year.
  • Trust, but verify
    May 2018, iFacts, LexisNexis, Managed Integrity Evaluation, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management
    Employee screening is not a new discipline, but the options have grown to assist HR in making the right hiring decision.
  • Do more with security
    May 2018, Johnson Controls, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
    Current trends predict that companies do more with their security solutions than just secure their people, assets or data in the near future.
  • Active Track
    Securex 2018 Preview, Active Track, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Security Services & Risk Management
    Active Track is a workforce management and reduction of payroll specialist. Its products optimise clients’ security services by ensuring that patrols and duties are carried out on time, every time. The ...
  • Martin Electronics
    Securex 2018 Preview, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Security Services & Risk Management
    Martin Electronics will be showcasing a number of new products and solutions under the Sentry brand at Securex 2018. The company will also have some value-added additions and integrations on display, ...
  • HISSCO International
    Securex 2018 Preview, Hissco, Access Control & Identity Management, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Security Services & Risk Management
    HISSCO International will be showcasing its range of security X-ray and detection systems at this year’s Securex. The company is currently seeking potential partners, distributors and representatives ...
  • Turnstar
    Securex 2018 Preview, Turnstar Systems, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Access Control & Identity Management, Security Services & Risk Management
    Africa’s largest manufacturer of physical access control products, Turnstar, is excited about its return to Securex this year. Craig Sacks, MD of Turnstar, says that the company will use the Securex platform ...
  • Tagtron Solutions
    Securex 2018 Preview, Quality Label Solutions t/a TagTron Solutions, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Security Services & Risk Management
    Tagtron Solutions will showcase a number of systems and innovations at Securex 2018. As specialists in display security, Tagtron supplies anti-theft products for protecting goods on open display. The ...
  • ZKTeco South Africa
    Securex 2018 Preview, ZKTeco, Access Control & Identity Management, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
    Solutions is what ZKTeco is all about for Securex 2018. ZKTeco South Africa will be offering clients an insight into how its products can be integrated into any platform and provide them with a solution ...
  • TeleEye South Africa
    Securex 2018 Preview, TeleEye (South Africa), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Security Services & Risk Management
    It is well known that farm attacks and farm murders are increasing at an alarming rate in South Africa. According to Afriforum’s latest stats, 156 commercial farmers are murdered per 100 000 people. There ...
  • Trackforce
    Securex 2018 Preview, Security Services & Risk Management
    Trackforce offers an advanced security services management solution that increases workforce accountability, improves operational productivity and enables better communication between all stakeholders. ...
  • Seagate
    Securex 2018 Preview, Seagate Technology, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
    In line with its participation at Securex 2018, Seagate has announced that it will be showcasing the SkyHawk AI, the very first drive created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled video ...

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory (HSBD)

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual
         
    Mobile | Classic

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.