Create layers of security
There’s no single security system that’s not penetrable. That’s why effective residential security is all about layers of systems, which all feed into a central control system that provides a clear overview of the entire operation.
These layers start from the outside, and work inwards: intelligent perimeter detection systems, walls, electric fences, lights, cameras, access control systems, down to physical measures on individual homes like burglar bars and infrared beams. Each layer is smart and connected by sensors, which creates a system to defend against a range of threats, while providing numerous streams of information that allow for better security decisions to be made.
Integrate technology and people
Integration takes place at a couple of levels, says Harvey. To start with, all the different aspects of security – like perimeter protection, access control and incident response – must be integrated, so that everything can be monitored and managed from one place. “Then you’ve got to make sure these systems are easy to use and are a support rather than a burden to your security people,” he says.
The key to effective security is not replacing human guards with technology: it’s using technology to enable security personnel to operate more efficiently and effectively, while reducing the likelihood of human error.
Technology’s not the ‘silver bullet’
Ultimately, though, technology alone will never solve a residential estate’s security challenges. “Good security starts with a clear plan of what needs to be protected, and how. It needs to be managed proactively. Only then do you look at technology, which has to be practical, fit the budget, and meet the real-world challenges of the estate,” says Harvey.