Why You Need A Layered Approach To Protect Your Business

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While investing in comprehensive perimeter security tools can have a financial impact on your business, failure to do so will almost always cost you more in the long run. With a recession looming and crime rates set to spike, it’s never been more important for UK businesses to firm up their defences and need a layered approach to protect your business.

Crime in the UK against businesses

Physical theft, burglary, arson, and cyber-attacks are just a few of the threats that brick-and-mortar businesses face. The latest Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) estimated that 38% of businesses operating in the wholesale and retail sector in England and Wales had recently fallen victim to crime. Worryingly, almost half of the respondents claimed to have witnessed an increase in violent crime since the beginning of the pandemic.

The right tools for the job

While there is a wide range of tools, equipment, and services out there to choose from, not all of them are created equally. Far too often, businesses invest in poorly designed equipment, and expensive technology that isn’t right for their situation or fail to consider the bigger picture of their overall security plan.

Developing a comprehensive security plan

For a security plan to work: there must be a symbiotic nature to an overarching plan. This means not only choosing the right tools for the job, but also considering how these products and services can help or hinder a particular outcome.

Risk assessments

Your starting point for any good plan of action should be, to begin with a comprehensive risk assessment. This enables you to develop a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your current perimeter security. It should take into account the threats that you face, and relay concrete suggestions to counter them.

An experienced provider will be able to draw on previous case studies and examples to explain how and why particular products will benefit you. They will take time to understand how you work, and also any constraints (geographical, operational, or otherwise) that may affect your plan.

Making the most of technology

Technological advances are not only of benefit to the consumer market. Rapid growth in computer science and manufacturing has meant that equipment that was once reserved for the upper echelons, has now filtered its way down and is available to businesses at an affordable price. Fingerprint scanners, automatic number plate recognition systems, and robust anti-terrorism defences are just a few of the items that can now be integrated into plans.


It’s all well and good installing high-tech solutions, but they are just one part of a much bigger picture. These tools should be used to enhance or upgrade existing facilities, or to develop cornerstones of your plan – such as heavy-duty gates or barriers. It’s also critical to consider smaller touches such as security lighting, intercom systems, and key fobs that can all have a role to play in a thorough plan of action.

Here at Gateway Automation, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey. We also offer a nationwide reactive call-out service to deal with any equipment issues and are proud to be Gate Safe accredited. Call us today on 01522 682255 for more information.

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