How to Take Security Measures in Banks up a Notch
Banks have an incredible amount of responsibility. In addition to providing financing assistance and helping customers grow their wealth, their primary responsibility is to keep money secure. These days, that is as much digital security as physical.
The best banks take the most stringent security measures, such as using bulletproof doors and glass, and have used these tactics to help customers feel confident their money is protected. However, what does it take, from an overall strategy, for banks to get to this level?
Here are all of the proper security measures that banks must take to keep your money and other valuables safe.
- Security Alarm
Some of the best security features that banks use have now transitioned into ordinary homes. One of these is the security alarm, a basic essential to keep a building safe. Banks should be equipped with advanced alarms that have triggers in multiple locations, including beneath the desks of tellers so that the alarms can easily be tripped. Alarms are an effective way to deter potential criminals by alerting the world to their presence and requesting law enforcement help.
- A Functional CCTV System
Another crucial aspect of successfully securing a bank is installing a functional CCTV system. These closed-circuit TV systems provide as much video surveillance coverage of the bank as you could possibly need. The cameras can be obvious or inconspicuous as well. Some banks like the cameras to be out in the open so that potential criminals are aware of their presence, while other banks prefer the cameras to be hidden so people do not know exactly where in the bank they are being filmed.
- Bulletproof Doors and Countertops
The worst bank robberies are at the hands of armed thieves. The best way to protect against their guns is to install bulletproof doors and countertops. With bulletproof doors, you can lock out the robbers and keep them from shooting their way inside. Also, if a bank has bulletproof doors, money and other valuables can be protected behind them in a safe location. Bulletproof counters are in the same vein, adding more protection that would otherwise be vulnerable.
- Bulletproof Cabin for Security Guard
Good banks need to go the extra mile to protect the people who will be protecting everyone else. Bank guards should be stationed inside bulletproof cabins, complete with bulletproof doors and bulletproof windows. Security guards who are protected have a better opportunity to assess dangerous situations and take the necessary measures to protect others.
- Keep the Shift of the Security Guards Changing?
An effective method of deterring potential criminals is to keep them on their toes. That means shifts for security guards should continually change. This goes for both inside security guards and outside. The worst strategy is to develop predictable guard shifts. With unpredictable and secretive shifts schedule, planned and organized crime is much more difficult to carry out.
- Special Security Arrangements for Interbank Large Cash Exchanging
One of the most dangerous and vulnerable moments within a bank is during interbank large cash exchanges. Criminals typically attempt to target banks at times like these, because the money that is usually tucked away in vaults is out in the open. It would be wise for a bank to take the proper security measures during these exchanges—things like bulletproof doors and glass only go so far. You also need to make sure these exchanges are done in a secure setting with properly armed or trained individuals.
- The Safe Should Be in the Most Secure Place
The safe or vault is the mothership of money in the bank. This is where the vast amount of cash and valuables, such as jewelry, are stored. This safe should be positioned in a place where it is beyond the views of customers.
- Safe Password/Code Should Keep Changing
Much like the shifts of security guards should continuously be changing, so too should the passwords or code combinations for the primary safe or vault. Using this strategy, even if a nefarious character gets ahold of the combination, it would likely change before any security can be breached. This is a great risk-based approach to keeping a bank safe.
In addition to the password frequently changing, only a few key people within the bank, such as the president, manager, or other important personnel, should know the code—it is not something that should be disseminated across the organization.
- Important Keys Should Be Secretly Kept or Brought Home Every Night
To better keep track of important keys and ensure they are in safe hands, they should be kept in a secret location or brought home every night. The same important personnel who are privy to the passcode to the vault should be the only ones who have access to the most important keys.
Security measures, such as bulletproof doors and alarms, are great first steps to keeping a bank safe. However, if all of these measures are taken in conjunction, you can be assured that the bank will be as secure as possible.