IPVMU Certified | 02/23/14 08:27pm
In our Access Control Fundamentals class, we talk about how building design enhances access systems. For example, if your customers have issues with door propping keeping door unsecured, examine why. Many time, the door stays propped to help those caught at an exposed opening enter faster. Who wants to fumble with a card when it's cold, blustery, and ice is falling from the sky?
It could improve security dramatically just to include an over-hang or leanto over the controlled door. Shelter users you're asking to use the access system, and the easier/more convenient it is, the less they try to circumvent it. You can even use the overhead to improve lighting and hang security cameras closer to the door:
IPVMU Certified | 02/23/14 08:03pm
This is a great topic.
I was in high school when the Murrah Building was bombed in OKC (I felt it/heard it 15 miles away). Even in highschool, we all learned what CPTED meant and how it could be important in building design. Almost overnight, elements like landscape planters and bollards appeared in front of public buildings to increase standoff distance.
Even as a security integrator, customers dealing with access control issues can be aided by restricting open access with natural chokepoints, ie: