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  1. Introduction.
  2. Physical security and its difficulties.
  3. Security survey.
  4. Conducting security surveys.
  5. Summary.

Due to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of New York, America has heightened its security measures. Different measures of security have been improved. The development of Homeland Security was established to strengthen the security at public institutions and places in order to prevent another 9/11 attack by preventing the entry of terrorists in public transports and public buildings. Airports, train and bus stations are now being strictly monitored and security extremely tightened. It is therefore the aim of this paper to first define what physical security is and what are the different tools involved in physical security. This paper also defines in particular what security surveys are and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Lastly, this paper is going to give a short discussion and instructions on how to conduct a simple security survey.


[...] Different law enforcement agencies are willing and able to help private homeowners learn how to conduct different security surveys by providing them with a checklist for doing the survey. Here is an example of a checklist taken from The American Association of Retired Persons in Washington D.C. First thing to consider is the burglar's point of view about your home. Starting from the outside you should answer or to these following questions; Do trees and shrubbery obscure doors or windows? [...]


[...] The success of a security program is usually attributed to nothing happening. This is the traditional way of measuring the performance of any implemented security program. While this has been an effective measure, this however does not consider the effective cost/benefit analysis of the security in terms of resources that are used in order to achieve the desired effect of ?nothing happening?. Without cost/benefit analysis, security resources may deteriorate over time. For example, if there has not been an incident in a certain facility for several years, security managers might tend to get complacent and therefore will reduce the amount of resources that are provided to maintain the level of security in that facility. [...]


[...] Security Surveys are walk-around exercises to ensure the security and protection of a specific facility. During this walk, the security manager or personnel roams about the areas of the facility and looks for problems around and within the facility. Often, the security personnel have a checklist in hand and follow the checklist carefully. Security surveys are useful in ensuring physical security because they often catch obvious mistakes, such as a hole in the fence, an unlocked door, or a guard asleep at his station. [...]

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