4 Commonly Overlooked Factors to Consider When Implementing Perimeter Security

Picture of a part of a perimeter security system, showing a camera and fence topped with barbed wire.

For many businesses, a tall fence may not be sufficient when it comes to perimeter protection. Instead of relying on flimsy, weak perimeter defenses, many organizations are realizing that layers of reliable, sophisticated security are the best way to prevent property damage, theft, or harm to staff, customers, and visitors.

 While it’s hard to deny the efficacy of solid perimeter security, it can be difficult to implement a system that completely and reliably covers perimeters of varying length and layout.

While there is no one-system-fits-all solution for perimeter protection, here are a few key factors to consider when it’s time to implement or improve your organization’s or home’s perimeter security system.

Define Your Perimeter

While this may seem simple and straightforward, making a clear and concise overview of your perimeter will make it easier to effectively and properly secure.

Be sure to identify any and all entry and exit points. These are often the first areas criminals will target because they’re usually the easiest points to penetrate.

Analyze your perimeter and note what it consists of, such as: fences, walls, and similar barriers, natural barriers (thick trees and bushes, etc.). Make note of the weakest points of your perimeter, and consult with a security expert to discuss how to fortify any weak points with your new or improved system.

List & Note Environmental Conditions

Another factor often overlooked when planning and implementing perimeter defense is the environment your security system operates in.

While you may have a beautiful view of sunrises or sunsets from your property, the lighting changes may cause your perimeter security equipment to operate at subpar levels at certain times of the day. In cases such as these, different types of cameras that can better cope with these factors may need to be utilized.

If your property is in a particularly windy area, security equipment may falter and provide inadequate coverage if shaken or whipped around. In these cases, sturdier mounts, casings, and image stabilization technology can help compensate to overcome potential issues.

In areas of high humidity (which East Texas is known for), condensation may form on and inside of camera lenses, resulting in blurry images. Similar issues can arise in areas that are prone to heavy rainfall. Environmental factors such as these can cause wear and tear that damage your equipment over time.

There are a variety of other environmental conditions that can interfere with your security technology, and competent local security consultants and integrators will be familiar with these potential issues and have solutions to offset them.

Ensuring Your Technology is Adequate & Modern

Technology is continually advancing, and this is especially true in the field of security technology. Cameras are becoming smaller and smaller while recording higher resolution, radars and perimeter detection technology are becoming more and more accurate, etc.

Better, newer technology means more reliable security at lower prices. False positives can be greatly reduced by utilizing technology that can alert based on detected objects’ size, speed, and direction. These devices can work together to bring data to a centralized location, which can help ensure that in the event of a failure only the offending device is affected (vs the whole security network).

As security technology becomes more integrated with the internet, which can allow for remote monitoring and alerts, it becomes more open to cyber threats that can disrupt the system. Updated technology can combat these sophisticated attacks to remain online and functional when targeted.

Alerting the Right People at the Right Time

If a perimeter protection system alerts that there may be an intruder or problem and no one receives the notification, it’s not a very effective system. Reliable solutions can utilize IP (internet protocol) technology to provide remote access for authorized security personnel from within or off the premises.

Sophisticated solutions can also analyze data and only alert when an actual threat is present. This reduces workload and allows for more efficient monitoring. These more reliable systems can also help reduce false alarms—which is important because false alarms can result in fines from local law enforcement officials.

These systems, when configured to ignore false positives and correctly alert the necessary personnel as required, can help lower the costs associated with property damage and losses. Quick action can help save property, money, and increase safety for those present.

If you’re looking to implement or improve your current perimeter security system in the East Texas area, contact 3D Security, Inc. today to discuss your situation, needs, and goals. We’d love to hear from you, and will work with you to create and implement a reliable perimeter defense that you can count on around the clock. With over 30 years of experience, we’ve helped secure perimeters for everything from offices to medical facilities, banks, prisons, oilfields, government buildings, and more.