Two-thirds of UK companies admit to never testing physical security measures

Almost two-thirds (63%) of UK companies who took part in a recent survey have admitted to never testing their physical security. That’s according to ‘Setting the Standard for Security’, a report produced by physical security solutions expert Jacksons Fencing. Given that 22% of companies say the consequences of a breach are severe, including public disruption or even loss of life, these findings give cause for concern.

Less than half of the survey respondents had heard of key security certifications, including the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 (45%) and Secured by Design (SBD) (42%), while only 38% ever consult security experts. Worryingly, this suggests many are unaware that their solutions may not be fit for purpose or may not know what criteria they should be looking for.

Third party certification bodies such as the LPCB and the police-inspired SBD help to provide specifiers with independently tested security products that will offer an appropriate level of protection against forced entry depending on a site’s needs. Recently, the LPCB introduced LPS 1175: Issue 8, a new performance classification system that provides an even deeper and adaptive approach to identify and tackle the increasingly diverse methods and attack tools used by hostile actors.

The introduction of LPS 1175: Issue 8 fits with the priorities of those specifying security solutions. In Jacksons’ recent study, it’s reported that the most important factor during commissioning was ‘tested and proven effectiveness’ (89%). This shows that there’s the desire to implement security solutions, but there might not be sufficient openly available information to do so. In fact, one fifth (19%) listed a lack of technical information as a main challenge.

Matrix-style classification system

One of the main benefits to LPS 1175: Issue 8 is that the new matrix-style classification system, indicated by the tool category and minimum delay (minutes), offers greater flexibility and clarity when it comes to security specification. The updated classification also supports a proportionate and layered approach towards security specification, helping to facilitate the far more economical specification of forced entry protection.

Simon Folwell, security consultant at Jacksons Fencing, informed Risk Xtra: “We understand the daunting task facing those within the security buying chain who might not have a formal security background. It’s a complex matter demanding a thorough understanding in order to successfully navigate its challenges, and particularly so as the security landscape is constantly evolving.”

Folwell continued: “However, it’s worrying to note that there seems to be a distinct lack of motivation from some companies to take the initiative to properly secure their premises. Thankfully, Issue 8 should deliver a greater depth of understanding for those specifying security solutions. It’s certainly a much-needed addition to LPCB’s stringent certification process.” 

‘Setting the Standard for Security’ is an in-depth study into the UK security landscape that analyses risks and solutions for businesses and decision-makers. The report was supported by research carried out via a survey among security decision-makers from a range of companies across different sectors. A round table discussion with some of the UK’s foremost security experts who have worked with organisations such as Border Force and the Association of Security Consultants was also conducted in tandem.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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