LEARN TO THINK LIKE A CRIMINAL PART 3
No matter the crime there are a few constants that will always apply:
- CRIME IS LIKE WATER, IT ALWAYS FOLLOWS THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
- THE SECRET TO HAVING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A CRIMINAL IS TO NOT GET CAUGHT
If we understand these rules when we build a fully integrated security system we are much more likely to create a successful program. In this edition I’d like to discuss the concept of “security in depth”.
SECURITY IN DEPTH
Simply put the more layers of security you create between your asset and the outside world the safer you asset will become. Let’s use a simple asset that everyone can understand. In this case we will protect a diamond.
- The diamond is placed in a safe (layer 1)
- The safe is locked (layer 2)
- Only you have the combination (layer 3)
- The safe has a tamper alarm (layer 4)
- A camera is monitoring the safe (layer 5)
- A security guard is viewing the camera (layer 6)
- The safe is in a locked room (layers 7 and 8)
- The room is in a locked building (layer 9)
- The building can only be accessed by an electronic key card identifying the user (layer 10)
- A security guard monitors the access lobby to the building (layer 11)
As you can see the possibilities are endless. Yet it’s not uncommon to find valuable assets (human, physical or intellectual) with little or no layers of protection.
What’s even more troubling is in some cases multiple layers have been built but they are built in stove pipes, meaning they are incapable of working together or communicating with each other. Probably the one I see most is camera systems. It’s amazing how many people have camera systems as part of their security program but have no idea how to effectively deploy them, but that’s a whole different blog post I’ll do some other time.
The best example of stove pipe I can think of is a conversation I had one day with Security Officer Dave Smith.
I asked him, “Does your building have intrusion alarms? He replied it certainly did. I then asked, are you notified when the alarms are triggered? He replied he was not. It was a silent alarm that went to a remote monitoring station in India. My next question was then, so how do you know if an event takes place? Now bear in mind Dave had been at the property for almost 20 years. After a long pause, he looked at me and said, “I guess the only I know is when I see the bad guy run out or the cops run in.” It would have been a hilarious response if it wasn’t just so sad. Both the alarm system and the security officer were rendered less effective simply because no one thought to integrate the two so they worked together.
THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE A GREATER CHANCE TO ESCAPE in a building that had both a security officer and an alarm system. What’s most troubling to me is I’ll guarantee if there had been a break in poor old Dave Smith would have been blamed.