Building Trends That Affect Security - What Innovations Can We Deploy?

Traditional office buildings had a boring reception area that was dead space.

On the back of cafe culture, co-working, collaborative and agile workspaces, there is a growing trend to revitalise building lobbies and make them more vibrant and energetic.

We have been working some developers who want to create a real buzz in their reception areas, some just open to a Starbucks operation and others a full co-working set up.

The biggest challenge is that all this is happening in an "unsecured/public" side.

On one hand we want to promote a welcoming environment where you can just walk in, sit down and start working / chatting.

On the other hand, we have a duty of care to keep everyone in these areas safe.

Recently, several high end jewellery and retail outlets have been raided by aggressive thieves on scooters/mopeds. Thieves have been known to ride down a street and snatch a handbag or mobile from someone talking on their phone.

More recently robbers have brazenly walked into a coffee shop and snatched a laptop from someone working away.

If it's so easy then the lobbies we are creating will eventually meet a similar fate.(I guess hotel lobbies, casinos and airport check in areas have the same problems - maybe I am worrying too much)

What ideas or suggestions do you have for spaces like this?

Jason.

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